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T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935), Known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'; soldier and writer

Thomas Edward ('T.E.') Lawrence

Sitter in 28 portraits
Known to the world as 'Lawrence of Arabia', Thomas Edward Lawrence was born in Tremadoc, North Wales. After Oxford, he worked as an archaeologist in Syria, 1909-14. In the war against the Ottoman Empire, Lawrence was adviser to the future King Faisal, and led the triumphant Arabs into Damascus (1918). He told the story of his war in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a Triumph (1926). To escape his notoriety, Lawrence changed his name and rejoined the army in 1922 as Gunner J.H. Ross, and the RAF (1923-35) as Aircraftsman T.E. Shaw. In The Mint(1936) he described the harsh life of the ranks. He was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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P324

T.E. Lawrence

by B.E. Leeson
bromide print, 1917
NPG P324

3187

T.E. Lawrence

by Augustus Edwin John
pencil, 1919
NPG 3187

3188

T.E. Lawrence

by Augustus Edwin John
pencil, 1923
NPG 3188

4298

T.E. Lawrence

by Eric Henri Kennington
bronze bust, 1926
NPG 4298

5016

T.E. Lawrence

by Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler
marble head, 1929
NPG 5016

2910

T.E. Lawrence

by Augustus Edwin John
chalk, circa 1929
NPG 2910

x19908

T.E. Lawrence; David George Hogarth; Alan Geoffrey Charles Dawnay

by Lowell Jackson Thomas
glossy bromide postcard, circa 1914
NPG x19908

x12415

T.E. Lawrence

possibly by Flight Lieutenant Smetham
glossy bromide print, 10 December 1925
NPG x12415

x12413

T.E. Lawrence

by Flight Lieutenant Smetham
cream-toned bromide print, 10 December 1928
NPG x12413

x12414

T.E. Lawrence

by Flight Lieutenant Smetham
cream-toned bromide print, 10 December 1928
NPG x12414

x3551

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3551

x3552

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3552

x3553

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3553

x3554

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3554

x3555

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3555

x3556

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3556

x3557

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3557

x3558

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 13 October 1931
NPG x3558

x1966

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
glossy bromide print on card mount with red ink border, 13 October 1931
NPG x1966

x1968

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 13 October 1931
NPG x1968

x1967

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
glossy vintage bromide print, 13 October 1931
NPG x1967

x1971

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
glossy vintage bromide print, 13 October 1931
NPG x1971

x1970

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
glossy vintage bromide print, 13 October 1931
NPG x1970

Ax3425

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
cream-toned matte print, 13 October 1931
NPG Ax3425

Ax3424

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
cream-toned matte print, 13 October 1931
NPG Ax3424

x1969

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
glossy bromide print, 13 October 1931
NPG x1969

x26859

T.E. Lawrence

by Lieutenant Sims
bromide print, circa 1934
NPG x26859

x2380

T.E. Lawrence

by Howard Coster
toned semi-matte print on wallpaper mount, 13 October 1931
NPG x2380