Lieutenant-Colonel T E Lawrence, CB, DSO, 1918

James McBeyOctober 1st 1918

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums

One can perhaps attribute McBey's position as a successful and respectable outsider in the art world to his being self-taught, a characteristic that has sometimes irritated the establishment. It seems entirely in keeping with this impression we have of the artist that, while recording everything he saw as he went through Palestine and Syria with the British Expeditionary Force between 1917 and 1918, he also chose to paint the portrait of another outsider, Lawrence of Arabia, albeit one who was rapidly becoming a celebrity.

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  • Title: Lieutenant-Colonel T E Lawrence, CB, DSO, 1918
  • Creator: McBey, James
  • Date Created: October 1st 1918
  • Location: Egypt, Palestine and Arabia
  • Physical Dimensions: w381 x h533 mm (unframed)
  • Provenance: © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2473)
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: Imperial War Museum website
  • Medium: oil