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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

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HAROLD HOPE READ (1882-1959)
'High Life'
Perhaps one of Hope Pearson's most iconic series of works, initialled " High Life", this wonderful ink and water colour work shows the artist humor...
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HAROLD HOPE READ (1882-1959)
'High Life'
Perhaps one of Hope Read"s most iconic works entitled "High Life", and showing the artists humour and skill as a satirical artist. From a series o...
£600
Taylor-Smith Antiques
HAROLD HOPE READ (1882-1959)
'High Life'
Perhaps one of Hope Read's most iconic works, "High Life" shows the artist's humour and skill as a leading satirical cartoonist. One of three works...
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HAROLD HOPE READ (1882-1959)
'Up on Mount Ephraim'
A charming ink and watercolour painting "Up on Mount Ephraim" Tunbridge Wells, showing figures of the 1940s period enjoying a promenade. Included i...
£480
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HAROLD HOPE READ (1882-1959)
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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. ...
£580
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