George W Lambert
George W Lambert | Australia/England 1873-1930 | Self Portrait with Ambrose Patterson, Amy Lambert and Hugh Ramsay c.1901-03 | Oil in canvas | Purchased 2009 with funds from Philip Bacon, AM through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Self Portrait with Ambrose Patterson, Amy Lambert and Hugh Ramsay c.1901–03
George W Lambert established his career in Sydney, where for a time he shared a studio with Sydney Long. Lambert married in 1900 and shortly afterwards travelled to Europe with his wife, Amy, meeting painter Hugh Ramsay during the voyage. The artists befriended fellow expatriate Ambrose Patterson while studying in Paris.
Lambert and his circle appear here as allegorical figures, possibly in a homage to the arts. The painting’s decorative format also connects it to tableaux vivants, the drawing room entertainments in which guests posed in scenes from literature or history. Reading from left to right we see Lambert, Patterson, Amy Lambert and Ramsay. The identity of fifth and last figure is uncertain, though Arthur Streeton, writer Arthur Adams and English painter Cecil Rae are all possible subjects.