Oil painting on paperboard, Stretches of the Euphrates: looking North from Jerabulus Ferry in forenoon by Dora Collingwood (1886 - 1964), circa 1932. One of two views of the River Euphrates in wooden frames. The artist was also known as D. S. Altounyan as she had married Dr Ernest Altounyan, Lawrence's friend in Aleppo, in 1915. They had five children, Taqui, Susan, Mavis (Titty), Roger and Brigit, who were the infamous 'Swallows and Amazons' immortalised by Arthur Ransome.
Oil painting on paper board, Stretches of the Euphrates: looking north from Jerabulus ferry in forenoon by Dora Collingwood (1886 - 1964) (also known as D.S. Altounyan - married Dr Ernest Altounyan and had five children, Taqui, Susan, Mavis (Titty), Roger and Brigit, who were the infamous 'Swallows and Amazons' immortalised by Arthur Ransome). One of two views of the River Euphrates in wooden frames. T. E. Lawrence wrote in letter to Altounyan, 5.1.1933: 'They delighted me: and for the moment I felt suddenly homesick for the Kalaat again. The southward looking one is exactly as I have always remembered it.... These two little panels exactly fit a place in my downstairs room. So there they are. For good. Please thank her very much indeed. I'm rich in them.'
Given by the artist's husband, Ernest Haig Riddell Altounyan to T.E. Lawrence, as a present, probably for Christmas for Clouds Hill, 1932 (letter of thanks January 1933); given to the National Trust with the house by Mr A. W. Lawrence, as a memorial to his brother, in 1937
Clouds Hill, The Lawrence Collection (The National Trust)
Makers and roles
Dora (Dorothy Susie) Collingwood, Mrs Ernest Haig Riddell Altounyan (1886-1964), artist