PARLIAMENT HOUSE yesterday witnessed the installation of the seminal work of art, “ANZAC, the landing 1915”, in its new temporary home on Level 1.George Washington Lambert’s famous painting has continuously been on display around Australia, including in its home in the First World War gallery at the War Memorial, since its completion in 1922.
The large painting is a commissioned work depicting the struggle of the Australian landing on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The painting sets the tone of the military campaign which would cost the lives of over 8,000 Australians.
While the First World War gallery is currently being redeveloped for reopening in late 2014, the Memorial’s director, Dr Brendan Nelson, wanted to ensure that during this time the public would still have access to one of the largest and most significant paintings in its collection.
The opportunity to relocate the painting temporarily was taken up as part of the Department of Parliamentary Services’s commitment to strengthening its partnerships with cultural institutions.