Eric Newton


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(b Marple Bridge, Cheshire, 28 Apr. 1893; d London, 10 Mar. 1965). British mosaicist and writer on art. From 1913 to 1933 (interrupted by army service in the First World War) he worked as a mosaic designer and craftsman with the firm of L. Oppenheimer, Manchester, but he is much better known as a writer. He was art critic of the Manchester Guardian and the Sunday Times, and wrote many books, including European Painting and Sculpture (1941 and several times revised and reprinted), The Meaning of Beauty (1950), and The Romantic Rebellion (1962). He was a clear and polished writer and also an articulate lecturer and radio broadcaster. In 1959–60 he was Slade professor at Oxford University. His second wife, Stella Mary Newton (née Pearce) (1901–2001), was a leading authority on the history of dress. She played a central role in establishing her subject as a serious academic discipline, partly through founding a specialist postgraduate course at the Courtauld Institute.

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