The Dogs of Harith

Illustration © The Estate of John David Roberts. Reproduced with the permission of the William Roberts Society. Catalogue information based on the catalogue raisonné by David Cleall. For this and full details of the exhibitions cited, see the links below. Any auction prices quoted may not include all fees and taxes, such as VAT and Artist's Resale Right charges.
Images scanned from the Sedgwick copy of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom are used by courtesy of Mrs J. Sedgwick and are not to be further reproduced except by permission.

The Dogs of Harith

The Dogs of Harith, 1925–6
Red ink and pencil, 33.5 cm x 27.5 cm

Tailpiece drawing for Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: 'The greatest asset of Feisal's cause in this work up North was Sherif Ali ibn el Hussein . . . His pride broke out in his war-cry, "I am of the Harith", the two-thousand-year-old clan of freebooters' (ch. 79). The composition is more elaborate than that in the study and in the related Dogs of the Beni Hillal – an Arabian Legend 1925.
PROVENANCE: Bayard L. Kilgour Jr > Houghton Library, Harvard University (1966, MS Eng 1653, no. 2)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: National Portrait Gallery 1988, Imperial War Museum 2005

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