3. Ambush and Retreat: Herbert Read and the First World War

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Ben Read talks about his father Herbert Read and his experience of the First World War.

2nd December 2014.



Ambush and Retreat- Herbert Read and the First World War by Ben Read


Please note many of the images used by Ben Read in his presentation where either personal, photographs and drawing left to him by his father or can be found in his new book, ‘All that was left of them’. We have added as many links we could find to page and transcript.

Herbert Read as a soldier in the First World War

‘An Old Soldier’ by Herbert Read, 1917; ink and watercolour on paper (sketchbook drawing). Courtesy of Ben Read.

Image of Herbert Read by Jacob Krammer

Aidez Espagne, Joan Miro , 1937

Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 1937

Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece

St William’s Window at York Minster

Henry Moore Composition for a Herbert Read Poem 

The 1961 British Pathe protest against nuclear weapons


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