George W. LAMBERT, not titled [Study for 'The blue hat': Thea Proctor]. 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 [Study for 'The blue hat': Thea Proctor]. [Study of Thea Proctor] 1909 Place made: Chelsea, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: drawings, graphite; paper drawing in black pencil Support: cream wove paper

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right in black pencil, 'Geo W Lambert/ 1909'. not titled.
Dimensions: image 29.8 h x 13.6 w cm sheet 33.2 h x 26.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.714.99
  • With Artarmon Galleries, Sydney.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from John Brackenreg, Artarmon Galleries, Sydney, 1977.

This is one of several drawings which Lambert made as studies for his large family group The blue hat 1909 (Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth). These drawings suggest that Lambert made studies for the individual figures and for the entire composition before painting his large family groups.

In this drawing Lambert depicted Thea Proctor standing in a similar pose to that of the painting. She wears the same coat that she wore as a model for The holiday group(The bathers) (cat.35) and the hat and coat she wore when posing for Portrait group (The mother) (cat.38).

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra