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ONE OF ERIC KENNINGTON'S ARAB PORTRAITS FOR SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM, THE LIMITED EDITION BY THE CASTLE HILL PRESS: 'ALAYAN', 'OUR MOST EXCELLENT INFORMANT IN THE WAR'

Colour print with calligraphic manuscript title and limitation, and printed artist’s name and imprint below (338 x 257mm). Cardboard mount, as issued (500 x 400mm). A fine copy.
Dealer Notes
No. 59 of 225. In his preface to the Leicester Gallery’s Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Drawings and Woodcuts, Illustrating Col. T. E. Lawrence’s Book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” (London, 1927), Lawrence wrote of Kennington’s portrait of Alayan that the subject ‘was our most excellent informant in the War, but is looked down upon by his fellows because he took money for his work. He lost the money in a bad trading venture after the armistice, and now without either friends or substance must serve as a donkey-boy where he once walked free. His face shows his sense of the broken world about him: but when he was sent for to be drawn he ran home and put on his best clothing. It was not very good, but evidently he still has hope and self-respect’ (Oriental Assembly (London, [1939]), p. 156).

To read our full introduction to Eric Kennington's Arab Portraits and explore further, visit our website: https://www.typeandforme.com/index.php/2020/02/16/kenningtons-arab-portraits/
Author [T.E. Lawrence] -- KENNINGTON, Eric Henri
Date 1997
Publisher Fordingbridge: Castle Hill Press

Price: £95.00

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