Contact prints of original photographs by T.E. Lawrence.

LAWRENCE T.E. ([c.1937].)


Lawrence's Photographs of the Arab Revolt

35 original photographic prints, each c. 54 x 75 mm, 3 in portrait format, the others landscape. Newly mounted in archival window mounts. N.p., n.d., but

Wing Commander Reginald Sims had a brief but intense friendship with Lawrence on his terminal service posting in Bridlington. He was a keen photographer, and took a well known series of photographs of Lawrence. On Lawrence's death he undertook the organisation of the photographic display at Clouds Hill, and a note on the back of one of the mounts here records how "The bookshelves in Clouds Hill are blocked up with enlargements of the photos ... " Elsewhere Sims described that he printed the large scale photographs himself from negatives lent by A.W. Lawrence, and it seems likely that these contacts were printed by Sims himself rather than by or for TE.

Lawrence was a serious amateur photographer, and his photographs taken during the Arab Revolt, using a Kodak Vest Pocket Camera, are among the finest war photographs ever taken. This group includes several of his finest images including Nasir glowering in front of his tent, his slave standing to attention behind him; three of Feisal's army marching on Wejh in January 1917 the advance to Akaba, and the remarkable dawn photograph of camp at Nakhl Mubarak (between Medina and Yenbo) in hazy half light.

All early prints are rare. 

Stock Code: 226236

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