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A colonel in the British army, TE Lawrence (1888-1935) spent the First World War fighting with the Arabs against the Turks. He gained fame as Lawrence of Arabia, especially after the publication of his
epic account of the Arab rebellion,
Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

In 1920, after three years as an Official War Artist, Kennington went to Arabia
to illustrate the book. Lawrence described this bust as 'Magnificent; there is no other word for it. It represents not me but my top moments, those few seconds when
I succeed in thinking myself right out
of things.'

September 2004