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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 538

    THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE - LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1888-1935)
    A PURPLE SILK AND COPPER AGAL (HEAD CIRCLET USED TO SECURE A KEFFIYEH OR HEAD COVERING)

    EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE - LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1888-1935)
    A PURPLE SILK AND COPPER AGAL (HEAD CIRCLET USED TO SECURE A KEFFIYEH OR HEAD COVERING)
    EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    29 in. (74 cm.) in length


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    This agal was given to by Lawrence to his friend, Clare Sydney-Smith, wife of his commanding officer at RAF Cattewater, Plymouth Sound and author of a memoir of Lawrence. In March 1929, Lawrence was posted to RAF Cattewater (later renamed RAF Mount Batten, at his instigation), where his commanding officer was Wing Commander Sydney Smith, whom Lawrence had first met at the Paris Peace Conference and who had later organised the covert disembarkation of Lawrence from the Rajputana, upon his return from India. Lawrence became firm friends with his commanding officer and his family, particularly Mrs Clare Sydney Smith, and he described this period at Cattewater as 'The Golden Reign' -- a phrase Clare Sydney Smith later used as the title of her memoir of Lawrence.

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    Provenance

    T. E. Lawrence.
    Given to Mrs. Clare Sydney-Smith.
    Thence by descent to her daughter, Maureen Hews.
    Given as a gift to Lionel Dakers in 1986.
    Christie's, London, 15 November 2006, lot 217.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts


    Exhibited

    National Portrait Gallery, London, T.E. Lawrence Centenary Exhibition, 1988, no. 114.