Eric Kennington collection of artwork for T. E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom
Painting and drawings by British artisits for T.E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Conditions Governing Use
Photocopying restricted due to fragility of material.
Copyright in the Kennington works was given to the Library by Christopher Kennington in 1997.
Extent5 linear feet (1 portfolio box, 5 framed items)
Collection consists of original artwork in pastel, pen and ink, pencil, and watercolor, as well as reproductions in various media. The majority of the pieces in this collection were created by Eric Kennington; one is a reproduction of a well known portrait in pencil by Augustus John; and T. E. Lawrence also produced the small pen and ink drawing. Some titles were given by the artists and/or art dealers; those supplied by the cataloger are given in square brackets.
Biographical / Historical
Eric Kennington was a painter and sculptor, a member of the Royal Academy and an official war artist commissioned by the British government in both world wars. He was a close friend of T. E. Lawrence and produced several portraits of him, in both paint and sculpture.Augustus John first drew Lawrence at the Paris peace talks in 1919. He produced a number of portraits of Lawrence over his lifetime, in a variety of media. T. E. Lawrence was also skilled draftsman and produced a drawing in this collection. It was most probably never intended to be included in his Seven pillars of wisdom, the magnum opus for which he commissioned much artwork from a number of contemporary British artists, but it was included in the Kilgour gift and is therefore listed here.
Arranged alphabetically by author, thereunder by title.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
86M-114. Gift of Mr. Bayard L. Kilgour, Jr.; received: 1966 April. Presented between 1958 and 1966.
98M-48. Gift of Mr. Bayard L. Kilgour, Jr.; received: 1966 April. Presented between 1958 and 1966.
- Wilson, Jeremy. T.E. Lawrence. London: National Portrait Gallery, 1988.
Processed by: Michael W. Austin
- Kennington, Eric, 1888-1960. Eric Kennington collection of artwork for T. E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom, 1921-1923: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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