Lawrence, Alfred Kingsley

(1893 – 1975)

The British School at Rome, circa 1923

£6,500.00

Gouache over pencil

13 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (34.3 x 52.1 cm)

1 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Estate; Private collection

A K Lawrence was the Rome Scholar in Decorative Painting for 1923 


The British School at Rome (BSR) was established in 1901 and granted a UK Royal Charter in 1912. Its mission is “to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the art, history and culture of Italy by scholars and fine artists from Britain and the Commonwealth, and to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange.”
In 1911, the British Pavilion for the International Exhibition in Rome, celebrating 50 years since Italian reunification, was granted in perpetuity to the British nation ‚Äì on condition that it be used exclusively as a research centre for archaeology, history and the fine arts. In 1916, after significant adaptation by its architect, Edwin Lutyens, the BSR moved into its current home in what is now via Antonio Gramsci, in the Valle Giulia. 
The BSR is immediately adjacent to the Villa Borghese gardens and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.

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THE ARTIST

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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