LAWRENCE (T.E.) Collection of portraits and associated material, comprising a collotype after the chalk drawing by Augustus John showing Lawrence full length, inscribed by Lawrence
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LAWRENCE (T.E.)
Collection of portraits and associated material, comprising a collotype after the chalk drawing by Augustus John showing Lawrence full length, inscribed by Lawrence
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LAWRENCE (T.E.)
Collection of portraits and associated material, comprising a collotype after the chalk drawing by Augustus John showing Lawrence full length, inscribed by Lawrence in ink on the reverse: "Walking-out dress, Airman, first or second class. 1935/ T.E.S.", traces of mounting at corners on reverse, some hints of foxing, 255 x 170 mm.; autograph letter by Augustus John, to "Dear Sir", about drawing Lawrence: "I did a head of Shaw the other day and a drawing or two, now that he's back I'll get him to pose again and do a few more drawings as I told him I intended to do. As sitting seems to amuse him there should be no difficulty about this – except in so far as the insuperable difficulties of art are concerned", and inviting him down to Fryern Court so that he can see the results and they can come to an agreement "about your desire to have a drawing", 1 page, 4to, Fryern Court, 6 March 1935; vintage print of Howard Coster's photograph of Lawrence (full-face, looking directly at the camera), stamped on the reverse 'Howard Coster/ Photographer of Men/ Copyright', creased 12 mm. into image at top right-hand corner, 150 x 110 mm.; plus photographs of Lawrence on his fifth Brough motorbike, 'George V' (RK 4907), 1925-26; on his last Brough 'George VII' (GW 2275) [postcard of the photograph taken shortly before his death], 1935; of him at the aerodrome of Miranshah, India, clutching his wrist, 1928; of him in dungarees and airman's cap with record log at the dockside during work on speedboats (Topical Press Agency stamp); of him in a boat looking down; and with an officer and lady seen backview, presumably the Sidney Smiths (Wide World Photos stamp); together with a copy of T. German-Reed, Biographical Notes on T.E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom... (1928), out of series copy from edition of 350 copies (O'Brien, E043)

Footnotes

  • 'AIRMAN, FIRST OR SECOND CLASS' – THE FINAL PORTRAIT OF LAWRENCE BY JOHN. Augustus John's drawing of Lawrence was executed at his last visit to John's studio on 22-23 January 1935. John gave the drawing to Lawrence, and it is now at the Ashmolean Museum. Ours is one of a hundred half-size collotypes that Lawrence commissioned from Emery Walker. These he intended to use as frontispiece to a limited edition of The Mint which he planned to print at Cloud's Hill after leaving the RAF, dying however before the press could be installed. This collotype therefore forms part of the Lawrence bibliography as well as iconography in that it is all that remains of his last publication (see Jeremy Wilson, T.E. Lawrence, NPG Exhibition Catalogue, 1988, No.324). The oil portrait and other sketches also done at this last visit to John's studio are now untraced; one of the drawings may have been purchased by whoever it is that John's letter is addressed to.
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