George Washington Lambert Biography | Oil Paintings

9-13-1873 St Petersburg, RUS – 5-29-1930 Cobbity, AUS

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Lambert, George Washington

George Washington Lambert was born in Russia, his father had died before he was born, he and his mother soon moved to Württemberg, Germany, to be with his grandfather. After a couple of years, the family moved to England, and Lambert was educated at Kingston College, Yeovil, Somerset. In 1887, when he was fourteen years old, he, his mother, and three sisters decided to emigrate to Australia, once settled, he began attending art classes at night.

George Washington Lambert began exhibiting his paintings at the Art Society and the Society of Artists in Sydney in 1894, he was twenty-one. Lambert began painting full-time in 1896. In 1899 he won the Wynne Prize with Across the Blacksoil Plains and studied at Julian Ashton's art school in Sydney until 1900. He won a traveling scholarship of 150 pounds (equal to AU$9,000 today) from the government of New South Wales and with this money, he sailed to London, he exhibited at the Royal Academy but only stayed a short time because he did not like it, he then went to Paris spending a year there. George Washington Lambert was awarded a silver medal at an international exhibition for his painting The Sonnet in Barcelona in 1911.

During World War I, he became an official Australian war artist in 1917. After the war, George Washington Lambert was made an honorary captain, and in 1919 traveled to Gallipoli to make sketches for his painting Anzac, the Landing 1915, of the landings on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. Another noted work was A Sergeant of the Light Horse, painted in London after his travels in Palestine.

Lambert returned to Australia in 1921, his one man show at the Fine Art Society gallery in Melbourne was a big success. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1922. He frequently visited his friend Colonel Granville Ryrie of the Australian Light Horse at Michelago and there he painted The Squatter's Daughter and Michelago Landscape. In 1927, his work titled Mrs. Annie Murdoch, won the Archibald Prize, Australia's most prestigious art prize.

Art Movement: Naturalism.
He Traveled To France, England, Turkey, Germany, Australia.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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