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(b London, 27 Oct. 1902; d London, 15 Dec. 1972). British writer and painter. An intensely subjective writer with an interest in psychoanalysis, Stokes responded passionately, even ecstatically, to art, believing its task was to show the ‘utmost drama of the soul as laid-out things’. Many admirers regard him as the most eloquent and poetic English art critic since Ruskin, although others find his prose hard going.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)