N06230 RECLINING FIGURE OF T. E. LAWRENCE 1939/1954
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…