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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
Extent: 1 box, 4 oversize folders (20 items)
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
Language: English
Access:

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




Acquisition:

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

Processed by:

Lauren Algee, 2010

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


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.


"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).


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.


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).