In The Beginning

A three man show

28th November to 31st January 

Private view 26th November 2011 4pm to 8pm



Peter Freeth RA

Peter Freeth was born in Birmingham in 1938. He lives and works in London and Italy. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1956 to 1960. In 1960 he won the Prix de Rome in Engraving, taking him to Rome where he lived for three years, travelling extensively throughout Italy. He has been a tutor in etching at the Royal Academy Schools since 1968.

Peter has exhibited widely in mixed exhibitions in the UK, USA, Italy, Japan, India and Russia. He was elected a Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and Royal Academician in 1991. Recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Academy of Arts Tennant Room 2009. His work is held in public collections around the world including the British Museum and the National Gallery, Washington DC.

Peter finds inspiration for his prints from a whole range of sources, from music, poetry, folk songs or half remembered hymns, looking out of the bus or in the tube, from old photographs and, above all, from imagination. Now and then he leaves the world of poetry, to simplify and return to first principles as learnt from his days at the Slade. The prints shown in this exhibition show something of the passion of his student work; the discipline of observing whatever comes to hand as now he portrays the shells, skulls and stones that find their way into his studio.  


Aquatint 42x36cm

A selection of work on display


Aquatint, 48x63cm

Little Shell

Aquatint, 11x15cm

Oxcart on a Bridge (a little tribute to Canaletto)

Aquatint, 20x22cm


Aquatint, 10x15cm



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