27 September 2006
THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE (1888-1935)
Autograph letter signed ('T.E. Shaw') to H.W. Bailey, Southampton, 21 December 1933, 1½ pages, folio, autograph envelope.
'I GET OLD AND FAT AND WHITE-HAIRED -- LIKE A GREAT HOARY SLUG' -- SELF-MOCKERY IN THE CONTEXT OF 'THESE DEPRESSED TIMES'.
At the end of the year Lawrence anticipates his retirement from the R.A.F.: 'Another Christmas: the things race after each other like the legs of a centipede.......In 14 months they give me a lounge suit and out I go: but I've saved a little money and hope to be able to hold out in my cottage (Clouds Hill, Moreton, Dorset) without having to do any other job. It will feel odd to possess all twenty-four hours of each day!'
Having considered retiring early, Lawrence was still supervising the construction of boats for the R.A.F. and evidently growing tired of it -- 'repetitions are dull things. Time I handed over to someone fresh'. His limited free time was taken up with tasks at Clouds Hill, where he was carrying out improvements, including the installation of a proper water supply, while letters to other correspondents at the end of 1933 suggest that he was contemplating some further literary activity to fill the time that he would one day have on his hands.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
Specialist Eugenio Donadoni explains the significance of highlights from The Palaeographic Collection of Martin Schøyen
Highlights from more than 50 letters Leonard Cohen wrote to his muse and lover, offering insights into his life and his art
From the landmark 16th-century atlases published by Ortelius and Blaeu to Nasa’s psychedelic maps of the dark side of the moon
From Masterpiece London to Christie’s Classic Week and beyond, we survey the events that make London the place to be for art lovers and collectors
An intensely autobiographical work that was made at a tumultuous period in the artist’s life — offered on 18 June