Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Barnett Freedman

[Great Britain] (b 1901/d 1958)

Self-Portrait 1938

"Barnett Freedman was born in the east end of London, the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia. Freedman's only formal education was at an elementary school, and from the age of nine he spent much time in hospital. This period was filled by reading and learning how to draw and to play the violin. At the age of fifteen, he obtained work as an office boy, then turning to draughtsmanship, initially with a monumental mason and subsequently at an architect's office. (...) He was assiduous in attending evening classes at Saint Martin's School of Art, hoping to win a London County Council scholarship. Although Freedman was initially unsuccessful, William Rothenstein, Principal of the Royal College of Art, was impressed by his potential and used his influence to enable Freedman to be admitted to the College. After leaving the Royal College of Art in 1925, Freedman tried to earn his living as a painter. (...)  Barnett designed book jackets for the firm  Faber and Gwyer for twenty-five years. Nearly all were auto-lithographed on stone with hand-drawn lettering. During this period, he carried out a wide range of work for other publishers and worked extensively also on package design. (...) Following work on an annual report for the Post Office, Freedman was chosen to design the 1935 postage stamp issues to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. The distinctive and handsome nature of this work brought him to wider public notice. Freedman was now recognised as a force in autolithographic printmaking, and his down-to-earth attitude and lack of pretension made him welcome among the craftsmen at the Curwen Press, the Baynard Press and Chromoworks, the leading firms in the industry. For the Baynard Press, he also designed the Claudia typeface. (...)"


Great Britain 1935 "George V Silver Jubilee" (4,2,2) [Photo (Harrison & Sons)] Sc(226,...,229) [ images credit of Stampworld

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