Ibrahim Pasha

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Ibrahim Pasha

Ibrahim Pasha, 1925–6
Pen and ink, 30.5 cm x 25 cm

Tailpiece drawing for Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: 'I maintained against Feisal the greatness of Ibrahim Pasha, leader of Milli-Kurds, in North Mesopotamia. When he was to march, his women rose before dawn, and footing noiselessly overhead on the taut tent-cloth, unskewered the strips of it, while others beneath held and removed the poles till all was struck and divided into camel-loads, and loaded. Then they drove off, so that the Pasha awoke alone on his pallet in the open air where at night he had lain down in the rich inner compartment of his palace-tent. He would get up at leisure and drink coffee on his carpet: and afterwards the horses would be brought, and they would ride towards the new camping ground' (ch. 24).
PROVENANCE: Bayard L. Kilgour Jr > Houghton Library, Harvard University (1966, MS Eng 1653, no. 26)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: National Portrait Gallery 1988

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