George Washington Lambert

Russia / Australia / 1873 - 1930 / wikipedia /
Not to be confused with George Lambert (1700-1765); English landscape artist and theater scene painter.

Self portrait, circa 1906

George Washington Thomas Lambert ARA (13 Sept. 1873 – 29 May 1930); Australian artist, known principally for portrait painting and as a war artist during World War I.

Born in St Petersburg, Russia, the posthumous son of George Washington Lambert of Baltimore, Maryland. The younger Lambert's mother was Annie Matilda, née Firth, an Englishwoman. Mother and son soon moved to Württemberg, Germany, to be with Lambert's maternal grandfather. Lambert was educated at Kingston College, Yeovil, Somerset. The family, consisting of Lambert, his mother and three sisters, decided to emigrate to Australia. They arrived in Sydney aboard the Bengal on 20 January 1887.

Lambert began exhibiting his pictures at the Art Society and the Society of Artists, Sydney in 1894. He started contributing pen-and-ink cartoons for The Bulletin in 1895 and began painting full-time in 1896. Three illustrations by Lambert formed part of the bush ballads of the Fair girls and Grey Horses anthology of Scottish-Australian poet Will H. Ogilvie. In 1899 he won the Wynne Prize with Across the Blacksoil Plains. He studied at Julian Ashton's art school in Sydney until 1900. Later, he won a traveling scholarship for 150 pounds from the government of New South Wales. He spent a year in Paris before moving to London where he exhibited at the Royal Academy. Lambert was awarded a silver medal at an international exhibition for his painting The Sonnet in Barcelona in 1911. He was most known during this time as a portrait artist.

...Lambert married Amelia Beatrice "Amy" Absell in 1900. Lambert was the father of Maurice Lambert, a noted sculptor and associate of the Royal Academy, and Constant, the British composer and conductor, born in London in 1905, and the grandfather of Kit Lambert, manager of the rock group The Who.
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