Barnett Freedman, 1901-1958
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Reference number : 1996/4907
Barnett Freedman was born in Stepney, East London, the son of Russian Jews. He worked as a signwriter and a stonemason's and architect's assistant while attending evening classes at St Martin's School of Art (1916-22). Later he studied painting at the Royal College of Art (1922-5).
A pioneer in the revival of colour lithography, he illustrated numerous literary works as well as designing publicity for Shell, the BBC and the General Post Office and Ealing Films. In 1935, his work was included in the British Art in Industry exhibition at the Royal Academy; the same year his design was selected for the George V Jubilee postage stamp.
He was a member of the Double Crown Club and the Athenaeum.
He was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1949. On his death the Arts Council organised a memorial exhibition. (Green 1990)
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- St Martin's School of Art : 1916-1922
- Royal College of Art : 1922-1925
- Designed posters for London Transport : 1935-1956