HAROLD HOPE READ

 Harold Hope Read - Artist, Cartoonist & Book Illustrator  1881 1959

Harold Hope Read - self portrait signed and dated 1926

Harold Hope Read - self portrait signed and dated 1926

Harold Hope Read was born on the 3rd of December 1881 at 52, Blackheath Road, Greenwich, which at that time was in the County of Kent.

Harold Hope Read was the youngest of three sons born to Samuel Sabine and Emma Margaret Read, (formerly Woolfe), His mother died when he was 2 years old and he was raised by a Governess and subsequent step-mother, Emily.

Little is known of his early life although it must be assumed he had a fairly strict and religious based upbringing as the family were Quakers and his father was an Independent Minister.

It is known that by 1901 the family were living at Loampit Hill, Lewisham in London and that Harold was an art student; by 1907 he was living at Bolton Studios, Bolton Gardens, South Kensington and by 1910 he was living at 38, College place, Kemp Town, Brighton.

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