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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 536

    THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE - LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1888-1935)
    AN IVORY SILK DESERT ROBE

    CIRCA 1916

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    THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE - LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1888-1935)
    AN IVORY SILK DESERT ROBE
    CIRCA 1916
    With buttoned neck opening, one sleeve apparently later


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    Arthur Russell met Lawrence when both enrolled in the Tanks Corps in 1923 and shared a barracks hut in Bovington Camp, Dorset. This robe was one of two given to Arthur Russell's mother. Lawrence told her to cut them up and make dresses out of them. Luckily, Arthur Russell managed to save this one from her scissors, but not before a sleeve had been removed. This appears, now, to have been replaced.

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    Provenance

    By tradition: T. E. Lawrence.
    Given to his close friend, Arthur Russell's mother.
    Thence by descent.
    Sotheby's, London, 2 November 1995, lot 186.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts
    Born in North Wales in 1888, T.E. Lawrence was a British scholar, writer and soldier. Soon after World War One started, he joined the British Army and was stationed in Egypt. In 1916 he was sent to Arabia where he mobilised the Arab Revolt and became liaison officer to the son of the Revolt's leader. He became internationally known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'. After the war, he served a brief spell as a diplomat before serving in both the RAF and The Tanks Corps in the 1920s and 1930s. Lawrence was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident after leaving the RAF in 1935.


    Exhibited

    Imperial War Museum, London, 'Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, The Legend', 14 October 2005 - 17 April 2006