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Related Material

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Description of Series

Series I. Works, 1926, undated

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Eric Kennington:

An Inventory of His Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Kennington, Eric, 1888-1960
Title: Eric Kennington Art Collection
Dates: 1926, undated
Abstract: The Eric Kennington Art Collection consists of sixteen drawings and prints completed for T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
Call Number: Art Collection AR-00142
Extent: 1 box, 4 oversize folders (20 items)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Eric Henri Kennington was an English painter and sculptor born in London on March 12, 1888. Following his training at Lambeth School of Art (1905–1907), he gained success with the Costermongers, a painting noted for its frank depiction of London street life. A year of service in the army directly informed his Kensingtons at Laventie, a chilling document of endurance and sacrifice praised for its unusual oil-on-glass technique. Throughout his employment as an Official War Artist in 1917–1918 and 1940–1942, Kennington produced a large number of idealized pastel portraits of ordinary serviceman.

Kennington is perhaps best known for his lively illustrations for T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926). The two men were close friends. Kennington produced two busts of Lawrence. One, in bronze, is in the Tate Gallery in London, and the other is in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. He also designed an effigy of Lawrence, held in St Martin's Church in Wareham, Dorset.

In the 1920s, Kennington's sculpture began to assume considerable importance. His war memorials to the 24th Division in Battersea Park, London (1924), and the Allied Forces in Soissons, France (1928), established his position as a direct carver working on a monumental scale. For the remainder of his career, however, he worked in isolation, producing reliefs for schools, colleges, and churches.

Eric Kennington died April 14, 1960 after a long illness. He was seventy-two.

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Scope and Contents

The Eric Kennington Art Collection consists of sixteen drawings and prints completed for T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom (London: J. Hodgson, 1926). A copy of this edition is available in the Ransom Center Library (call number D 568.4 L4 1926).

The works are listed by subject and ordered by medium and accession number. Titles are transcribed from the items; cataloger's titles and descriptions appear in brackets.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. A minimum of twenty-four hours is required to pull art materials to the Reading Room.

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Related Material

Related holdings in the Ransom Center's Art Collection include two bronze busts of T. E. Lawrence by Kennington, 1927 and undated, in the Portrait Bust Collection (accession numbers 65.108 and 75.72) and two 1918 portraits of Kennington by William Rothenstein in conté crayon in the William Rothenstein Art Collection (accession numbers 65.282.1 and 65.282.2).

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift (G2767) and purchases (R900), 1962-1966

Processed by:

Lauren Algee, 2010

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Sources:

"Kennington, Eric Henri (1888-1960) Artist."Your Archives, revision as of 11 December 2009. http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=Kennington,_Eric_Henri_(1888-1960)_Artist&oldid=224677 (accessed 4 May 2010).

Thompson, Mark. "Kennington, Eric (Henri)."Grove Art Online, http://www.oxfordartonline.com (accessed 27 April, 2010).

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Item List

 

Series I. Works, 1926, undated

Location
Flat File Accession Number 65.292
T. E. Lawrence. Undated.
1 print, 39.4 x 49.5 cm.
 
Location
Flat File Accession Number 65.45
Thinking. [Illustration for Chapter C from Seven Pillars of Wisdom.] 1926.
1 painting (watercolor), 28.5 x 38 cm. (51 x 62 cm., matted).
 
Location
Flat File Accession Number 65.123
Portrait of Emir Abdulla. [Illustration for Seven Pillars of Wisdom.] Circa 1926.
1 drawing (pastel on paper), 55.9 x 76.2 cm.
 
Location
Flat File Accession Number 65.340
Said Sikeini of Nejd/La Surfe Du Sherif Abdullak. [Illustration for Seven Pillars of Wisdom.] Circa 1926.
1 drawing (charcoal and pastel on paper), 50.8 x 73.3 cm.
 
Location
Flat File Accession Number 65.370
Hussein Mohammed Bagdaddi. [Illustration for Seven Pillars of Wisdom.] Circa 1926.
1 drawing (pastel on paper), 48.3 x 50.8 cm.
 
Location
1.1 Accession Number 65.372
Strata. [Illustration for Chapter XC from Seven Pillars of Wisdom.] Circa 1926.
1 print (black and white lithograph), 19.4 x 25.7 cm. (28.8 x 36 cm., mounted).
 
Location
1.2 Accession Number 65.371
Dysentery. [Illustration for Chapter XXXII from Seven Pillars of Wisdom.] Circa 1926.
1 print (colored lithograph), 13.8 x 19.5 cm. (28.8 x 35.8 cm., matted).
 
Location
1.3 Accession Number 73.62
The eternal itch. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Five boats in battle in foreground with rituals and violence in background.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23 x 30.2 cm.
 
Location
1.4 Accession Number 73.63
The world, the flesh, the devil. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Man with a sword in each hand flies through the sky up to a bright object.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23.2 x 31 cm.
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.1A
The eternal itch. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Scene with various examples of torture and execution.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23.2 x 31 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.1B
The eternal itch. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Scene with various examples of torture and execution.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 22.6 x 30 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.2A
The eternal itch. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Five boats in battle in foreground with rituals and violence in background.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23 x 28 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.2B
The eternal itch. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Five boats in battle in foreground with rituals and violence in background.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23 x 29.5 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.3A
The world, the flesh, the devil. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Man with a sword in each hand flies through the sky up to a bright object.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23 x 30.5 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.3B
The world, the flesh, the devil. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Man with a sword in each hand flies through the sky up to a bright object.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 24.5 x 27.5 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.4A
The world, the flesh, the devil. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. People climbing a tower of concentric pillars.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 23 x 29.7 cm. (irregular).
 
Location
1.5 Accession Number 85.50.5B
The world, the flesh, the devil. [Endpaper for Seven Pillars of Wisdom. People climbing a tower of concentric pillars.] Circa 1926.
1 print (woodcut), 24.7 x 28 cm. (irregular).

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