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Barnett Freedman (1901-57) attended the Royal College of Art, London, and was a contemporary of Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. He was taught lettering by Edward Johnson, the then world authority. Freedman designed many book jackets, usually on lithographic stone, his preferred medium. His favourite retort to the question 'What do you mean by commercial art?' was 'There is only good art and bad art.' Although Freedman executed the cover design for de la Mare's Love, it is more than likely Berthold Wolpe was also consulted.

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