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Painter, draughtsman and teacher who worked for a time as a designer/painter on porcelain, studied at Royal College of Art for four years, then travelled in France and Spain. He joined the Army in April 1941, from September that year serving as a sapper with Headquarters, 9th Armoured Division. War Artists’ Advisory Committee bought several works by Freeth, in collections of Imperial War Museum and Royal Pavilion Art Gallery and Museums, Brighton. At that time he was based in Halifax, Yorkshire, but by late 1940s, when he showed at RA Summer Exhibitions, Freeth was living in Bromley, then Beckenham, Kent, where he taught at the Art School. He retired as head of painting at Ravensbourne College of Art (formerly Bromley) in 1977. He was remembered by a former colleague as “a sound man, rather retiring, a loner”.

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

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