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Edward Tennyson Reed (1860-1933)


Edward Tennyson Reed (1860-1933)

Preferring pencil to pen and ink, E T Reed developed into a superb draughtsman, using his confident line to express a rich imagination. Known equally for his political caricatures and his Punch series, ‘Prehistoric Peeps’, his range of subject and allusion was astonishingly wide.

Edward Tennyson Reed was born in Greenwich, London, on 27 March 1860. He was the third of five children, and only son, of Sir Edward James Reed, Chief Constructor of the Royal Navy and later a Liberal Member of Parliament, and his wife, Rosetta (née Barnaby). Rosetta was the sister of Sir Nathaniel Barnaby, who would succeed Sir Edward Reed as Chief Constructor. The main London home of the Reed family was 74 Gloucester Road, South Kensington, while, in 1876, Sir Edward acquired Hextable House, near Sutton at Hone, in Kent.

E T Reed was educated at Harrow School until 1877.

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