Freedman, Barnett

(1901 – 1958)

Emd paper designs for War and Peace



Lithograph, uncut proofs, printed by Curwen Studio

1 in stock


The Artist’s son

Each of the 6 volumes of War and Peace, published in 1938 , had different end papers.  This sheet is an uncut proof, before trimming by the binders, 

War and Peace, illustrated with lithographs and drawings by Barnett Freedman, was printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club at the University Press in 1938

War and Peace,  by Leo Tolstoy, is considered one of the world’s greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina (1873‚Äì7), which Freedman also illustrated,  as his finest literary achievement. 

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Freedman, Barnett

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.

With thanks to


Circus – Go By Underground, 1936
The Sleeping Dead, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, c. 1931
Two Vignettes, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer c. 1931
Portrait of Claudia Guercino, the Artist’s Future Wife