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Hubert Andrew Freeth (1912-1986)

Hubert Andrew Freeth (1912-1986) was a painter, draughtsman and engraver. He was born in Birmingham and studied at the Birmingham College of Art and the British School in Rome. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and the Royal Watercolour Society from 1936.

Freeth served in the Middle East as an official war artist during the Second World War. The War Artists’ Advisory Committee commissioned two lithographs from him.

Freeth won the prestigious Prix de Rome in engraving in 1936 and 1937, for his series of Black Country images. After the war, the UK National Coal Board commissioned Freeth to produce works about coalminers.

Freeth was elected to the Royal Academy in 1965 and taught at St Martin’s School. His work is held in a number of public collections, including Birmingham Museums Trust, National Football Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and a number of university collections.The UK National Portrait Gallery hold ten of his portraits in their collection.