Clouds Hill, the home of T. E. Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) from 1923 until his untimely death in a motorbike accident in 1935, was presented to the National Trust as a memorial to his brother by A. W. Lawrence in 1938. It is tiny and contains only a few paintings. The 'View of Egdan Heath from the Crest of Clouds Hill, Looking North' is by Gilbert Spencer, and painted whilst staying in the cottage in July 1925. The enigmatic picture by the Falmouth-based painter of the sea and boys on beaches, Henry Scott Tuke, once thought to be a painting of T. E. Lawrence as a cadet, on Newporth Beach hangs over the chimney breast. The two views of stretches of the Euphrates, received by Lawrence as a Christmas present in 1932, are by Dora Collingwood, Mrs D. S. Altounyan, the wife of Dr Ernest Haig Riddell Altounyan, the Armenian doctor who befriended Lawrence in Aleppo, Syria in 1911, whilst he was working on the archaeological dig at Carchemish.
National Trust, Clouds Hill
Wareham, Dorset BH20 7HQ England
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