by Augustus John
chalk, circa 1929
13 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (337 mm x 260 mm)
Given by Eric Henri Kennington, 1937
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Sitterback to top
- Thomas Edward ('T.E.') Lawrence (1888-1935), Known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'; soldier and writer. Sitter in 29 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 103 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The National Portrait Gallery's third drawing of Lawrence by Augustus John was given by the artist and art editor of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Eric Kennington in 1937. It probably dates from 1929 sittings associated with John's painting of Lawrence now in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, but may possibly have been drawn at the same time as NPG 3188. By 1929 Lawrence had left the Tank Corps and was back in the ranks of the RAF.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 369
- 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. 213
Events of 1929back to top
Current affairsThe first election held under universal suffrage is a victory for Labour. Ramsay Macdonald returned for his second term as Prime Minster, and appointed Margaret Grace Bondfield as the first woman Cabinet Minister.
Art and scienceTwo classic books about the First World War are published: All Quiet on the Western Front, by war veteran, Erich Maria Remarque, tells of the horrors of war and the returning German soldiers' feelings of detachment from civilian life; while Robert Grave's autobiography Goodbye to All That, aimed to describe the author's experiences of the war so that they 'need never be thought about again'.
InternationalThe 24th October 1929 becomes known as Black Thursday when the US Stock Exchange Collapses and millions are lost. The event was the start of the Wall Street Crash, which in turn contributed towards the Great Depression: a major international recession that lasted through most of the 1930s.
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