An image of Recumbent figure

George W Lambert

(Russia, Australia 1873 – 1930)

Recumbent figure

Other titles:
Recumbent Australian Soldier, Recumbent figure. Study for sculpture for St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Lambert continued to work on the commemoration of the war long after its end. In 1928 he received a commission from the Roman Catholic Sailors and Soldiers society to create a life-sized bronze sculpture of a recumbent soldier. He made four sketches in preparation for the final design, which he modelled at full-size with artist Arthur Murch. The sculpture
to the fallen was unveiled at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney on 26 July 1931.

Though he seems to gesture with his right hand towards a bullet hole in his chest, the young soldier nevertheless appears serene and at peace in death. Lambert represented the uniform and equipment of the soldier with great accuracy, but this is a vision of heroic sacrifice that grants the digger an ideal death far removed from the reality of trench warfare.

from the exhibition 'Mad through the darkness: Australian artists and the Great War', 2015

56.2 x 72.9
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. "GWLAMBERT/ 1927".

Purchased 1941
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