DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
George LAMBERT | The sonnet

Russia 1873 – Australia 1930
Australia 1887-1900; France 1900-01; England 1901-21; Australia from 1921
The sonnet c.1907
oil on canvas
113.3 (h) x 177.4 (w) cm
signed l.l., oil "G W Lambert". not dated
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, bequeathed by John B. Pye in 1963
NGA 1963.18

In The sonnet Lambert created an allegory in which a man reads a sonnet to his female companion who gazes contemplatively out of the painting. They seem unaware of the nude young woman who sits between them; she exists, as it were, on another plane, a metaphysical construct conjured up by the poet in the lines of the sonnet.

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