Artist: Barnett Freedman, CBE, (1901-1958)
Title and date: The Window Box, 1954
Size of picture: 72 x 96.5 cm
Description: one of the ‘Lyons lithographs’, a coloured lithograph showing two girls at a window, in a glazed frame, published by J. Lyons & Co., Series 3, picture 12, mounted on board and framed
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Born in East London, Barnett Freedman was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art which he attended between 1922 and 1925. He is remembered chiefly as a pioneer of colour auto-lithography for machine production at the Curwen and Baynard presses, which he achieved by transferring drawings on stone to offset plates. Freedman auto-lithographed some 40 book jackets and numerous posters, including for London Transport, and he played a leading role in the production of large-scale colour prints for Contemporary Lithographs (1937), Lyons (1947, 1951, 1955) and Guinness (1956). During the Second World War he was appointed as an Official War Artist, first with the British Expeditionary Force in France, then with the Admiralty until 1946. Examples of his work are in the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Imperial War Museum, London and in numerous provincial British galleries.