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A sergeant of the Light Horse
1920

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
77.0 x 62.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Kensington, London, England
Accession Number
1182-3
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1921
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Gallery location
Gallery 17
Level 3, NGV Australia
About

George Lambert met the model for this work, Harry Ivers, in Damascus in 1919, and the artist subsequently employed him as an assistant in London until February 1920. The sitter was a sergeant with the 1st Signal Squadron, employed as a map maker for the War Records Section in Palestine. Ivers certainly fulfilled the official image of the Australian Light Horsemen – physically lean and humble, yet proud and capable – that has become part of the enduring mythology of the First World War.

Colourmen

Colourman
CHENIL
Location
Lower centre of reverse of canvas
Transcription
CHENIL/BY THE/TOWNHALL/CHELSEA within a palette form
Medium
Ink stencil
More information
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