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Anniversary of Lawrence’s death commemorated on 19th May
 
On 19th May 2020, the 85th anniversary of Lawrence’s death, the Society, continued the arrangement for flowers to be positioned at his graveside in Moreton. 
 
On another beautifully warm and sunny day, some readings were made by Society members and we were pleased to be joined by a 1933 Brough at Moreton.

Bust of T.E. Lawrence 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.

Clouds Hill history
 
Society member and Clouds Hill volunteer Martin Gething has been researching the history of the cottage in the period before T E Lawrence started renting it in 1923.
 
Although some authors have suggested Lawrence named the cottage himself, Martin has found documents referring to a hilly area of heathland called ‘Clouds Hill’ all the way back to property deeds of 1735, and the cottage name used in numerous nineteenth century birth and death records and newspaper wedding announcements.
 
Through these and other archive records, Martin has identified over 30 named individuals who lived in the cottage from 1808 to 1913, with families of up to nine living in the tiny four-room cottage. The breadwinners were woodmen, while their children went on to be tailors, railway workers, inn keepers, blacksmiths, policemen and farmers – giving a glimpse of rural life in Dorset.
 
A summary of the cottage’s history can be found here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clouds-hill/features/clouds-hill-before-lawrence, and Martin’s research has featured in the February 2020 issue of Who Do You Think You Are Magazinehttp://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/issue/february-2020.
 
Martin has also produced a leaflet on some of the family stories, available free to visitors to Clouds Hill.

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