HAROLD HOPE READ
Figurative artist and illustrator, born in Greenwich, southeast London. His Quaker family is known to have been well educated, one of Harold's older brothers becoming a doctor and another a solicitor, his father being an independent minister.
Harold became an art student in his teens and by 1905 was submitting cartoons to the magazine 'Punch'. From the mid 1920s he lived as an illustrator for various magazines and he is reputed to have been a cartoonist for the London 'Evening Standard'.
He exhibited at the RA, RI, NEAC, NS, PS and RBA.
Read's reputation was revived in 1999 when a leading London Auction House held an important retrospective sale of his work.
His work captured the colour and diversity of pre-War England