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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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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