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Frederick Harry Baines was born in
He was one of a group of talented painters and illustrators, who graduated from the Manchester School of Art between the wars, and who saw themselves, at least initially, although some gave a lifetime of commitment, as influenced by the rise of fascism and mass unemployment as being bound to place their talent at the service of the working class movement.
Along with many others from
He was called up in 1940 and posted to
Left: Harry Baines
Baines would have liked to stay in India after demobilisation but for family reasons returned to London, joining the Ministry of Information exhibitions, where he met his wife, Pauline Behr, a typographer and book designer. Disliking an office-bound life, Baines soon left to freelance. Despite the post-war backlash against naturalism, Baines continued to produced landscapes, still lifes and portraits, often inspired by his travels.
He would seem to have drifted from the Communist Party during the Cold War period but kept to the left politically and maintained friendly relations with those he had known from Artists International and the Manchester Art School in the 1930s, such as Cliff Rowe, Ray Watkinson, Ern Brooks and Barbara Niven.
Baines died on 8th October 1995, aged 85.
Sources include: Guardian