8 December 2015
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Photograph signed (“Winston S. Churchill”), 1921. Also signed by LAWRENCE, T.E. (“T.E. Lawrence”) and ALLENBY, Edwin (“Edwin Allenby”). Black and white photo (7 x 9 3/8 in.). Showing the Sphinx and the Egyptian pyramids and three British officers on horseback (identified in pen along the lower edge as E. Lawson, WRC and Rodney Dyke).
A REMARKABLE CONVERGENCE OF SIGNATURES OF THREE CENTRAL FIGURES IN BRITAIN’S ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST in the early decades of the 20th century. Although not depicted in the photographs, the appearance of Churchill’s and Lawrence’s autograph on either side of the Sphinx is quite evocative. Allenby’s signature, in pencil, appears across one of the Pyramids. During the Great War Allenby led the Egyptian Expeditionary Force during the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, and was Lawrence’s superior officer. After the war he served as High Commissioner for Egypt and the Sudan from 1919 until 1925.
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