An image of Study of a man seated, Mr W Beattie

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

Study of a man seated, Mr W Beattie

Other titles:
Man seated (Mr W. Beattie)
Location
Not on display
Further information

Depicted is the father of William, Beatrice and Ada Beattie. Beatrice and Ada are the subjects of two other drawings in the AGNSW collection.

William B Beattie (born 1871) was a musician, actor and writer. After 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.'

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

Year
(1898)
Media
Drawing
Medium
pencil
Dimensions
19.7 x 16.2 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1898
Accession number
238.4