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Barnett Freedman (1901-1958)

Illustrator, painter, printmaker and teacher, Freedman was born to Russian Jewish immigrants living in poverty in the East End of London. In 1916, he worked as draughtsman to a monumental mason, and at the same time took evening classes at St Martin's School of Art. In 1922, he won a three-year scholarship to the Royal College of Art. In 1928, he joined the staff of the Royal College, and not long afterwards began to teach at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He soon became a pioneer in the revival of colour lithography. He was an Official War Artist in World War II. By the time of his death Freedman had established an enviable reputation as an illustrator and designer of posters, stamps, books and book-jackets. He believed that there was no such thing as commercial art, 'only good art and bad art'. His first exhibition was held in 1929 at the Literary Bookshop, Bloomsbury. A memorial exhibition was organised by the Arts Council in 1958. Manchester Polytechnic, which holds the Freedman archive, held a major show in 1990. Examples of his work are in the collection of the Tate Gallery.

Artist Barnett Freedman: The Darts Champion
Barnett Freedman
The Darts Champion  For sale
£800
Artist Barnett Freedman: Study for A London Street Scene , late 1920s
Barnett Freedman
Study for A London Street Scene  For sale
£975
Artist Barnett Freedman: Vignette - crowd of figures, circa 1950
Barnett Freedman
Vignette - crowd of figures, circa 1950  For sale
£225
Artist Barnett Freedman: Street musicians, circa 1926
Barnett Freedman
Street musicians, circa 1926  For sale
£975
Artist Barnett Freedman: Post Early in Christmas Week, 1937
Barnett Freedman
Post Early in Christmas Week, 1937  For sale
£800
Artist Barnett Freedman: Unfolded proof for Christmas Card Messrs. Faber and Faber
Barnett Freedman
Unfolded proof for Christmas Card...  For sale
£275
Artist Barnett Freedman: Unfolded proof for Christmas Card from Claudia and Barnett Freedman
Barnett Freedman
Unfolded proof for Christmas Card...  For sale
£275
Artist Barnett Freedman: Unfolded proof for Christmas Card The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company, 1955
Barnett Freedman
Unfolded proof for Christmas Card...  For sale
£350
Artist Barnett Freedman: Post Early in Christmas Week, 1939
Barnett Freedman
Post Early in Christmas Week, 1939  For sale
£800
Artist Barnett Freedman: Unfolded proof for Christmas Card Chromoworks Limited
Barnett Freedman
Unfolded proof for Christmas Card...  For sale
£275
Artist Barnett Freedman: Christmas Card 1954
Barnett Freedman
Christmas Card 1954  For sale
£230
Artist Barnett Freedman: 15-inch Gun Turret, HMS Repulse, 1941
Barnett Freedman
15-inch Gun Turret, HMS Repulse, 1941  For sale 
Artist Barnett Freedman: The Stanhope Street Group, 1926
Barnett Freedman
The Stanhope Street Group, 1926  Privately held 
Artist Barnett Freedman: Study of a seated model, profile view,mid 1920s
Barnett Freedman
Study of a seated model  Sold 
Artist Barnett Freedman: Unfolded proof for Christmas Card The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company
Barnett Freedman
Unfolded proof for Christmas Card...  Sold 
Artist Barnett Freedman: Carol singers in the snow - original design for Christmas Card, 1955
Barnett Freedman
Carol singers in the snow - original...  Sold 
Artist Barnett Freedman: Christmas Card 1957 2-fold
Barnett Freedman
Christmas Card 1957 2-fold  Sold 
Artist Barnett Freedman: Christmas Card 3-fold, 1950
Barnett Freedman
Christmas Card 3-fold, 1950  Sold 
Artist Barnett Freedman: Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new, 1956
Barnett Freedman
Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures...  Sold 
Artist Barnett Freedman: The Complete Illustrations to Tolstoys Anna Karenina, 1950
Barnett Freedman
The Complete Illustrations to...  Sold