Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘22 drawings for Line Blocks - Walter de la Mare's “Love”, Faber and Faber, 1942, Barnett Freedman’ b.r.
Pen and ink and watercolour, each 5 1/2×3 1/2 (14×9).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1945.
Lit: Jonathan Mayne, Barnett Freedman, 1948, pp.32–4, repr. pp.91–5.
Repr: R. H. Wilenski, English Painting, 3rd cd., 1954, pl.168 (‘Eros’).

The illustrations and a book-jacket in colour were made while the artist was serving with the Royal Marines. The book (an anthology) was published by Faber and Faber in 1943. Each illustration introduces a section of the Anthology. The titles are inscribed on the mount. They appear in the book as follows: ‘In the Springtime’, p.2; ‘Things great and small’, p.22; ‘Children and Friends’, p.52; ‘The Cause and Measure’, p.68; ‘Love scrutinised’, p.84; ‘Love and Poetry’, p.126 and title-page; ‘First Love’, p.160; ‘She shall be called Woman’, p.172; ‘Grace and Beauty’, p.224; ‘Eros’, p.248 and frontispiece; ‘The Fever and the Fret’, p.276; ‘Love thwarted and unrequited’, p.316; ‘Love Betrayed’, p.340; ‘Love lamented’, p.372; ‘Love and happiness’, p.386; ‘Wild flowers’, p.402; ‘Farewell’, p.424; ‘In Absence’, p.448; ‘Constancy’, p.462; ‘Love in grief’, p.482; ‘Love after Death’, p.508; ‘Divine love’, p.536. They are mounted in two rows of eleven but not in the above order.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I