Freedman, Barnett

(1901 – 1958)

Still life of a book, two apples and a glazed stoneware pot, mid 1920's

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)


The Artist’s Family

Exhibited: Barnett Freedman, Designs for Modern Britain, Pallant House Gallery, 2020.

Freedman attended the Royal College of Art on a London County Council scholarship from 1922. 

He  join the teaching staff at the RCA in 1928, as Instructor in Still Life, a post he held until 1940. 

This study is related to a compostion Kitchen Interior in Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery

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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