Pencil, Watercolour and Gouache. Signed.
Hubert Andrew Freeth was born in Birmingham and began his studies at the School of Art (1929-1936) in his native city until receiving an engraving Scholarship to the British School in Rome, where he stayed for a further three years. In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II he was employed as an official war artist travelling to the Middle East. Consequently the War Artist’s Advisory Committee and the British Museum bought his depictions of the war. He taught at St Martin’s and The Central Schools of Art. He was a superb engraver and lithographer. His work is observational, often being portraiture, and he also depicted, as here, human activity. This painting is intended to look unrehearsed and was probably done on the spot.