HAROLD HOPE READ (1882-1959)


c. 1935 United Kingdom

Offered by Sarah Colegrave

£580 gbp
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Harold Hope Read was born in Greenwich to a Quaker family. He studied art in Lewisham and by 1907 was living in Bolton Studios South Kensington. A figurative artist and illustrator, in his early career he was encouraged by Charles Lambert Rutherston, brother of Sir William Rothenstein, a discerning collector of contemporary English art. In 1928, Rutherston gave his entire collection, including a number of works by Read to Manchester City Art Gallery.

Read had moved Brighton and by 1933 to Tunbridge Wells. His subject matter often featured the shoppers and shop fronts of Kensington and Tunbridge Wells and made amusing observations of people going about their normal life, often revealing a quirky element. He often included the figure of his mistress/housekeeper and her small dog which may be the dog seen sunning itself on the beach in the present work.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Alpine Gallery, New English Art Club and elsewhere. He also contributed political cartoons to Punch and the London Evening Standard.
Height 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Width 27.00 cm (10.63 inches)
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Pen and ink and wash
Signed with initials u.l.
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