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.