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Herbert Read (1893-1968), Critic, poet and writer on art

Sir Herbert Read

Sitter in 17 portraits
Poet, literary critic and writer on art. As a student at Leeds University (1912-5), Read's interest in modern European art developed through his membership of Leeds Art Club and friendships with painter Jacob Kramer and curator Frank Rutter. He became the foremost commentator on contemporary art in the interwar and post-war periods. During the 1930s, while editor of the Burlington Magazine (1933-9), he promoted the work of artists including Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.

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4654

Herbert Read

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1950
On display in Room 42 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4654

P1681

Herbert Read

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print
NPG P1681

Ax136099

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax136099

x19532

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x19532

x19536

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x19536

x19537

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x19537

x13767

Herbert Read

by Mark Gerson
bromide print
NPG x13767

x137622

Sir Herbert Read

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print
NPG x137622

D37805

Herbert Read

by Edgar Holloway
etching, 1934
NPG D37805

P13

Herbert Read

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, 1940
NPG P13

Ax3520

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
print, 1934
NPG Ax3520

x10138

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1934
NPG x10138

x24044

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1934
NPG x24044

x19533

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x19533

x19534

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x19534

x19535

Herbert Read

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x19535

x159831

Sir Herbert Read

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 20 October 1965
NPG x159831