Etcher and painter, especially of portraits and figure subjects. Born in Birmingham, he attended the School of Art there, then won an engraving Rome Scholarship in 1936, subsequently spending three years at the British School in Rome. During World War II he was an Official War Artist in the Middle East, his drawings and prints being bought by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee. Work also owned by British Museum and many other public collections. Freeth contributed to the Pilgrim Trust Recording Britain project and was widely anthologised in collections of war artists’ work. Exhibited RA, and was elected RA 1965, also RE, RWS, RP and elsewhere. Freeth was noted for his superbly accomplished etchings. Taught at St Martin’s School of Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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