An image of Head of a man, William B Beattie

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

Head of a man, William B Beattie

Not on display
Further information

William B Beattie (born 1871) was a musician, actor and writer. Ater he and Lambert met, they formed a life-long friendship. Lambert illustrated Beattie's story 'The love story of Tamar Niell'. In a tribute to his friend, Beattie wrote in the Lambert memorial issue of 'Art in Australia' in 1930:

'Clean, wholesome, strong and good to look at; truly the young Siegfried; and, above all, happy. That was the keynote to the real Lambert - happiness; he was glad he was alive.'

The foreword to Julian Ashton's reminiscences 'Now came still evening on', is also by Beattie. Beatrice and Ada Beattie, the subjects of two other drawings in the Gallery's collection, were his sisters.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

14.2 x 14.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Geo.W.LAMbeRT". Not dated.

Purchased 1898
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