J.L.W. Bird, London, Winter Exhibition, 7-11 November 1983, no. 27
In 1906, Henry Lamb swapped medical school for the Chelsea Art School, run by Augustus John. As a mentor and a friend, John shared living quarters and even mistresses with Lamb, who had a brief affair with Dorelia McNeill. Thoroughly acquainted with the Johns, Lamb drew Augustus's children on several occasions. This sketch of seven-year-old Edwin, with his mischievous stifled smirk, is simple and innocent - drawn in 1912, before Lamb was to serve on the Western Front.