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Adrian Stokes

(1902-1972), Painter and writer on art

Adrian Durham Stokes

Sitter in 2 portraits
Adrian Durham Stokes was a writer, painter and poet, known principally as an influential art critic. In 1921 Stokes visited Italy for the first time, a trip that was to be a formative experience for him. Over the next decade he returned to the country many times, exploring and writing about 'Quattro Cento' Italian art. He published his first book, The Thread of Ariadne, in 1925, and went on to produce over twenty critical books and numerous papers. A letter to the Times Literary Supplement in 1965, signed by eighteen prominent thinkers and artists, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Richard Wollheim, claimed Adrian Stokes as one of 'the most original and creative writers on art'.

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Adrian Stokes, by Maurice Lambert - NPG 5841

Adrian Stokes

by Maurice Lambert
bronze bust, circa 1936
NPG 5841

Adrian Stokes, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(46)

Adrian Stokes

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 30 October 1963
NPG P797(46)

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