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date: 21 September 2019

Read, Sir Herbert (Edward)locked

(b Kirkbymoorside, N. Yorks, Dec 4, 1893; d Stonegrave, N. Yorks, June 12, 1968).
  • David Thistlewood

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(Edward)

(b Kirkbymoorside, N. Yorks, Dec 4, 1893; d Stonegrave, N. Yorks, June 12, 1968).

English art critic, theorist and historian. He matriculated at night-school before entering the University of Leeds in 1912 to study economics. He served with distinction in World War I (MC, DSO) and then joined the Civil Service becoming private secretary to the Controller of Establishments. In 1922 he transferred to an assistant keepership of ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which led to the publication of his books on English pottery and stained glass. He also wrote literary criticism, encouraged by A. R. Orage (1875–1934), editor of the New Age, who had printed a weekly column by Read throughout 1921. Read’s publications in this field include Speculations (1924), the edited papers of T. E. Hulme, Reason and Romanticism (1926) and Wordsworth (1930, 2/1949).

Museum work took Read to Germany where he met Wilhelm Worringer (Hulme’s mentor) and Max Sauerlandt (...

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