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T. E. Lawrence Society

The International Society for
all those with an interest in the
life and works of T. E. Lawrence

The next Journal (Spring 2020) will be posted and Newsletter 126 will be posted and made available on this website in the next few weeks. 

*COVID-19 Update*

The health, safety and wellbeing of our members and committee members is of the utmost importance to us. 

The committee has taken the difficult and disappointing decision to postpone this year’s T E Lawrence Symposium until September 2021.

The next Symposium will now be held on 24th – 26th September 2021, at St Johns College ,Oxford. All speakers in this years programme have confirmed their desire to present in 2021, with one still to hear from.

We do hope that everyone who has booked with a deposit, can and will want to come to the Symposium in September 2021.
 
All those who have made a payment towards the Symposium, will be contacted to confirm what they wish to do in terms of their booking.
 
We would like everyone to let us know, by end June 2020, what they wish to do. If we do not hear from anyone, then any deposit will be held on file and can be used for the Symposium to be held in September 2021.
 
On Saturday 26 September 2020 we will host a new event: one-day video and web-based Symposium.
 
This is expected to include a mixture of illustrated presentations and pre-recorded videos, with the opportunity for discussion and Q&A. 
Included in the programme will be our Annual General Meeting.
 

Details for the virtual 26 September 2020 one day Symposium and AGM, and for the September 2021 Symposium in Oxford will be regularly updated on this website

For Sale

Bust of T.E. Lawrence by Eric Kennington, 41 cm high, 42.5 cm wide.

Mid brown patinated bronze.  Incised T.E.L – E.H.K. 6.

The family of the artist is offering this bronze cast of the well-known portrait bust of T E Lawrence (other casts are in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, the collection of the Tate Gallery and at Jesus and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford).  Lawrence described this bust as “Magnificent; there is no other word for it.  It represents not me but my top moments, those few seconds when I succeed in thinking myself right out of things.”

The present cast was owned by Chris Kennington, the son of the artist. It appears likely, based on notes made by Chris Kennington in 2009, that this is number 6 of an edition cast in the 1960s.

Offer for Sale – This bust is being offered in the first instance to members of the T E Lawrence Society, on the basis of non-binding sealed bids, which are anticipated to be in the range of £30,000 to £40,000.

Bids should be sent either by post to Alasdair Kennington, 6 Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, AL5 2DB; or by email to [email protected] to arrive no later than the end of Monday 5 October 2020.

Bids should state the amount offered, contact details of the person making the offer, and any other information that is considered relevant including any collection or delivery requirements.  Bids are non-binding and the sellers do not undertake to accept the highest bid or to accept any bid.  The cast is currently in Devon, but it is anticipated (COVID-19 precautions permitting) that it will be stored in Oxfordshire by 5 October.  Collection/delivery will be dependent on the pandemic precautions in force at the time.

The international Society for everyone with an interest in the life of T. E. Lawrence