Lawrence, Alfred Kingsley

(1893 – 1975)

Still life with WW2 field instruments


SKU: 10244

Oil on canvas

Height: 34.5cm
Width: 27.5cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Estate; Private collection

It has been suggested that the instruments depicted in this study might relate to either naval or fire service apparatus.

Lawrence served in both WW1 and WW2. In 1914, he had voluntarily joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 19th battalion (2nd Tyneside Pioneers), which was posted to France in 1916. He was mentioned in despatches in January 1917, most likely for his actions during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme. Upon discharge in 1919, he resumed his scholarship at the Royal College of Art.

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Lawrence, Alfred Kingsley

1893 – 1975

Painter of pictures and murals and draughtsman, born in Lewes, Sussex. He studied at King Edward VII School of Art in Newcastle upon Tyne under Richard Hatton, at Royal College of Art with William Rothenstein and then in Italy as a Prix de Rome winner, 1923. Elected RA in 1938. Lawrence was a fine figure painter and a RA stalwart for many years, his work having a strong underlying draughtsmanship. Also showed RP of which he was a member and widely abroad. Among Lawrence’s notable murals are ones in Laing Art Gallery and Museum, Newcastle; Palace of Westminster; and Bank of England. Lived in London.

During WW1 Lawrence was in the Tyneside Pioneers, and according to Richard Dunning was in the front line 100 yards from Lochnagar when it was blown up. Given that the (unannounced) 27 ton explosion was heard and felt in Kew, it must have unnerved him considerably – fortunately the Pioneers were the only troops, out of 100,000, who didn’t go over the top on that day. Lawrences masterpiece, The Altruists, (first exhibited at British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, 1924, then British Pavilion, 1925 Paris and now lost) showing First World War soldiers and a selection of robed figures grouped on either side of a risen Christ, was his most ambitious serious attempt to sublimate his traumatic WW1 experiences.

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Three-quarter Profile Portrait of a Young Girl with a Bob, Looking to her Left, circa 1925
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First WW soldier with bandaged head, circa 197
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Sergt. Pilot J.C. McWilliams, 1942
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Rear view Spitfire
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Allegory of Human Life, 1923
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The British School at Rome, circa 1923