This magnificent Conway Stewart Lawrence of Arabia hand-painted prototype fountain pen is a one-off. Quite literally!
When the original Conway Stewart edition was issued in 2010, it was an edition of 25 which very quickly sold out. However, as part of the clear-out when the company went into Administration in August 2014, this prototype was uncovered in the bottom of a drawer, together with the William Shakespeare and Sir Isaac Newton prototypes shown elsewhere on this website.
The Conway Stewart Lawrence of Arabia hand-painted prototype pen is a fitting tribute to a charismatic and enigmatic British soldier, writer and historian who was responsible in no small part for the re-drawing of the map of the Middle East during the early part of the 20th century. His portrayal in David Lean’s 1962 film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ may have been over-simplified, but it portrayed well his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes.
The pen perfectly depicts the life and times of Lawrence dressed in his flowing Arab robes… minarets, desert scenes and the Arabian falcon. The artistry in the hand-painting is remarkable and although there are some minor blemishes to the surface of the pen, they don’t detract from the overall magnificence.
The pen is based on the classic Conway Stewart Churchill shape and comes with a Conway Stewart 18 carat gold Broad nib and cartridge/converter fill.