AN ENGLISH CUBIST
George Ambrose Lloyd
(1st Baron Lloyd)
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.
George Ambrose Lloyd (1st Baron Lloyd), 1925
Oil on canvas, 50.8 cm x 43.3 cm
Commissioned by T. E. Lawrence for Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
After Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, Lloyd (18791941) began work as a director of his family's steel-tube company before in 1905 becoming an unpaid honorary attaché in Constantinople. He travelled all over the Ottoman Empire and reported on trade prospects in the Persian Gulf. In 1910 he became a Liberal Unionist MP. On the outbreak of the First World War he was seconded to the intelligence department of the general staff in Egypt, and subsequently took part in the Gallipoli campaign and helped plan the Arab Revolt with T. E. Lawrence. After the war his appointments included governor of Bombay, High Commissioner in Egypt, and Secretary of State for the Colonies. Lawrence thought that Roberts had 'been hard on Lloyd: deep in him is quite a decent fellow: thoughtful, considerate, well-read, charming. You haven't been subtle enough: yet it's a fine portrait, very like' (2 Oct. 1925).
PROVENANCE: Hamill and Barker (1962) > University of Texas
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Texas 1962, National Portrait Gallery 1988
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