The Seven Pillars Portraits
From the Castle Hill Press Seven Pillars, 1997
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|1 Allenby, pastel by Eric Kennington. |
'Allenby was physically large and confident, and morally so great that the comprehension of our littleness was not easy to him. He sat in his chair looking at me Ė not straight, as his custom, but sideways, puzzled.'
Edward Garnett bought this portrait for Lawrence in return for the gift of a subscribers' Seven Pillars. Lawrence was deeply touched: 'Your gift of the Allenby pastel is an irresistible thing: but rather overwhelming . . . Iím most grateful, for as a portrait of Allenby the drawing is unusually rich, and Allenby is an admiration of mine.
'You know I already possess Johnís picture of Feisal . . . so thanks to your goodness in reserving me the Allenby I shall have my dual mastership preserved in my cottage for all my time. It will be a queer, rich feeling. In the flesh that double allegiance was difficult: but the two quiet heads on the wall will let me do what I please.'
After Lawrence's death the original portrait was presented to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Eric Kennington, pastel.
Illustration from Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the Complete 1922 Text.
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