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MS Eng 1658

Kennington, Eric, 1888-1960. Eric Kennington collection of artwork for T. E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom, 1921-1923: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf, vertical pf
Call No.: MS Eng 1658
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kennington, Eric, 1888-1960.
Title: Eric Kennington collection of artwork for T. E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom,
Date(s): 1921-1923.
Quantity: 5 linear feet (1 portfolio box, 5 framed items)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Painting and drawings by British artisits for T.E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom.

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.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Photocopying restricted due to fragility of material.

Copyright:

Copyright in the Kennington works was given to the Library by Christopher Kennington in 1997.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Eric Kennington Collection of Artwork for T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1921-1923 (MS Eng 1658). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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.

Bibliography

For more on the genesis and publication history of Seven pillars of wisdom, see the following: Wilson, Jeremy. T.E. Lawrence. London: National Portrait Gallery, 1988.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author, thereunder by title.

Scope and Contents

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.

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