LAWRENCE (T.E.) Autograph letter signed ("TEShaw"), to John Steinman, press officer and photographer at the Air Ministry, 1929
Lot 104
LAWRENCE (T.E.) Autograph letter signed ("TEShaw"), to John Steinman, press officer and photographer at the Air Ministry, 1929
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LAWRENCE (T.E.)
Autograph letter signed ("TEShaw"), to John Steinman, press officer and photographer at the Air Ministry, thanking him for the photographs ("...The C.O. in that Ramsay-Mac effort is superb. I wouldn't have missed it for – pence, I suppose I'd better say, in view of my leave-expenses so near!..."); and rejoicing in the fact that his leave is over ("...I write from Plymouth, but in the happy anticipation of being in London tomorrow: for my leave is through, and I am very happy. Mr Robertson is probably happy too. You are doing double work: and somebody here will be doing, job tomorrow, I hope. Alleluia..."), one page, very light time-staining where formerly framed, 4to, Barton Street, 19 September 1929

Footnotes

  • LAWRENCE AT THE SCHNEIDER TROPHY RACES: as personal assistant to Wing Commander Sydney Smith, Lawrence had helped organize the Schneider Trophy races of 1929 held at RAF Calshot. These, famously, were won by the Supermarine S. 5, powered by R.J. Mitchell's Rolls Royce R Engine (the 'Flying Radiator'). At the trials Steinman had taken photographs of Lawrence and Sydney Smith talking to the Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald; in one of which it looked as if Smith was sticking his tongue out at MacDonald. MacDonald was to pull government funding from Mitchell's project in 1931 which was to be rescued only by private funding from Lady Houston – resulting, famously, in the triumph of Mitchell's Supermarine S. 6B and subsequent development of the Spitfire (lending, perhaps, a certain retrospective aptness to Steinman's photograph).

    Included in the lot is a letter to Steinman by A.W. Lawrence, thanking him for the letter, which he has photographed and now returns (the letter is not however listed on the T.E. Lawrence Studies website).
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