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Eric Newton (1893-1965), Artist, art historian and critic

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Artist, art historian and critic. He became the full-time art critic for the Manchester Guardian, and after a spell at the Sunday Times (1947-1951), he returned to the Guardian in 1956 and remained there until his death. He promoted the work of among others Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore, whom he counted a personal friend. His European Painting and Sculpture (1941) remained a standard text into the 60s, as did War through Artists' Eyes (1945). He was actively engaged in the renaissance in the arts that characterised the post-war years in Britain. He became a household name in Britain in the 1950s, largely through BBC radio talks and The Critics.

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Eric Newton

by Barnett Freedman
pen and ink and wash, 1943
NPG 6622