Eric KenningtonReclining Figure of T.E. Lawrence, replica 1939/54

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Artist
Eric Kennington (1888‑1960)
Title
Reclining Figure of T.E. Lawrence, replica
Date 1939/54
MediumCement
Dimensionsobject: 597 x 2095 x 930 mm, 770 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1954
Reference
N06230
Not on display

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N06230 RECLINING FIGURE OF T. E. LAWRENCE 1939/1954
 
Not inscribed.
Ciment fondu, 23 1/2 (including base)×82 1/2×34 1/2 (60×216×88).
Purchased from the artist (R.A. Gift and Benson Funds) 1954.
Lit: E. H. Kennington, Drawing the R.A.F., 1942, p.26.
Repr: Sir John Rothenstein, British Art since 1900, 1962, pl.42 (detail).

A cement cast, made in 1954 and entirely reworked by the sculptor, from a plaster cast of the stone monument in the Church of St Martin, Wareham, Dorset, close to the cottage near Bovington where Lawrence had lived; the original effigy was completed in 1939.

Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888–1935), known as Lawrence of Arabia, archaeologist, soldier and writer, died on 19 May 1935 as a result of a motor-cycle accident. The artist wrote (February 1955): ‘A year before his death he and I talked about the English recumbent effigies of 1200–1600, and, as always, he brought more light and wider understanding to my enthusiasm… (read more)

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