Adrian Stokes (27 October 1902 – 15 December 1972) was a British writer and painter, known principally as an influential art critic. He was also a published poet. Born on 27 October 1902 into a wealthy stockbroker family living in London, Adrian Stokes was the youngest of his parents’ three children. After public school, Rugby, he studied philosophy at Oxford, graduating, B.A. 1923, with second-class results in his examinations (excelling in philosophy but refusing to submit ancillary scripts in German and maths). Stokes then travelled around the world. He incorporated some of his resulting diary and reflections into his first book, The Thread of Ariadne (1925), publication of which led to his introduction to Osbert Sitwell, and to the art of Early Renaissance Italy and to the avant-garde creations of the Ballets Russes, both of which Stokes applauded in his next book, Sunrise in the West (1926).
This copy is in fair condition, mostly due to the damp/mould stains on the covers/pages (please see photos). Otherwise the book is tightly bound with clean, legible pages.