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JOHN, Augustus (1878-1961). Artist.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('Dear Madam'), 1 page 4to on tinted deckled-edged paper, Fryern Court, Fordinbridge, 18 June 1935. Giving her permission to reproduce his drawing of [T.E.] Lawrence by having it photographed.

'... The drawing does not belong to me but, now, to Mr H.W. Lawrence.'
Although John clearly writes 'H.W.' it is likely than he refers to A[rnold] W. Lawrence, T.E.'s youngest brother and his literary executor.

There are several portraits or drawings of T.E. Lawrence by Augustus John in London collections. The celebrated oil portrait of 1919 is in the Tate Gallery, and two sketches made in the same year were given to the National Portrait Gallery [NPG] in 1944 by George Bernard Shaw; a chalk drawing of 1929 was presented to the NPG in 1937 by Eric Kennington (himself the creator of drawings of Lawrence and of the bronze bust (1926) now also in the NPG).
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