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ONE OF ERIC KENNINGTON'S ARAB PORTRAITS FOR SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM, THE LIMITED EDITION BY THE CASTLE HILL PRESS: 'MATAR', ONE OF LAWRENCE'S BODYGUARDS

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. Matar served in Lawrence’s bodyguard (for which, cf. item 3) and was described by Lawrence as, ‘a parasite fellow of the Beni Hassan, [who] attached himself to us. His fat peasant’s buttocks filled his camel saddle, and took nearly as large a share in the lewd or lurid jokes which, on march, helped pass my guards’ leisure. We might enter Beni Hassan territory, where he had some influence. His unblushing greed made us sure of him, till his expectations failed’ (Seven Pillars of Wisdom (London, 1935), p. 391).

Kennington’s original pastel drawing was given to the Tate Gallery by Lawrence in 1922.

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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