George W. LAMBERT, not titled [Paris cafe] Enlarge 1 /1


St Petersburg, Russia 1873 – Cobbity, New South Wales, Australia 1930

  • Australia 1887-1900
  • France and England 1900-21
  • Australia from 1921

not titled [Paris cafe] [Paris] c.1901 Place made: Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in brush and black ink and grey wash, with opaque white highlights Support: cream wove paper mounted on cardboard

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso in blue ballpoint pen, 'This unfinished sketch by George W. Lambert ARA was given to my mother by his widow Amy Lambert / Angus Morrison'.
Dimensions: sheet 25.4 h x 18.0 w cm sight 15.6 h x 11.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased in 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.714.95
  • With Artarmon Galleries, Sydney.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from John Brackenreg, Artarmon Galleries, Sydney, 1977.

This drawing would appear to be a sketch made on the spot. The group in the foreground could include some of Lambert’s Parisian friends, who enjoyed musical gatherings. The black-and-white technique suggests it may have been intended for publication.

The previous owner was the pianist and friend of Constant Lambert, Angus Morrison. He inscribed on the verso that it was given to his mother by Amy Lambert.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra