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A Sergeant of the Light Horse

A Sergeant of the Light Horse is a 1920 painting by Australian artist George Washington Lambert. The portrait depicts an Australian soldier in Palestine during World War I. The National Gallery of Victoria states that the work is "recognised as an image that captured the spirit and character of the Australian soldier".

Subject The sitter for the portrait was Thomas Henry (Harry) Ivers, a sergeant with the 1st Signal Squadron of the Australian Light Horse. Lambert met Ivers, a map maker, in Damascus in 1919 and later Ivers was granted permission to assist Lambert in London. The portrait was painted in Lambert's studio in Kensington, London. It is thought that the sitters face was actually t...

1920
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National Gallery of Victoria
Permanent collection