by Augustus Edwin John
14 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 254 mm)
Given by George Bernard Shaw, 1944
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Sitterback to top
- Thomas Edward ('T.E.') Lawrence (1888-1935), Known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'; soldier and writer. Sitter in 28 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 101 portraits.
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T.E. Lawrence was 'Lawrence of Arabia', the First World War hero who, as liaison officer to the Emir Feisal of the Hejaz, helped to liberate the Arabs from Turkish rule. In 1919, Lawrence acted as adviser and interpreter for the Emir at the Paris Peace Conference. This drawing was made at that time and is said to have been done in two minutes as Lawrence was looking out of a window in the artist's Paris flat. It appeared in Seven Pillars of Wisdom(1926), Lawrence's account of the war in the desert, and, along with John's painting of the Emir Feisal, was used as the frontispiece for the abridged version Revolt in the Desert (1927). Given by George Bernard Shaw, 1944.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 11
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 161
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 183
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 183
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 369
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 197
- Wilson, Jeremy, T.E. Lawrence: Lawrence of Arabia, 1988 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 December 1988 - 12 March 1989), p. 174
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