"Campions and Columbine" linocut 282/500 linocut measures c22cms x 16.5cms and framed 48cms x 40cms

Edward Bawden RA (1903-1989)

Watercolourist, illustrator, designer, printmaker and teacher, born in Braintree, Essex. Studied at Cambridge School of Art from 1919, then at Royal College of Art, 1922-1925, on a scholarship, in the design school being taught by Paul Nash. Soon began on commercial work for Poole Pottery and Curwen Press, then in 1928-1929 with Eric Ravilious and Charles Mahoney did decorations for Morley College. Bawden went on studying engraving and bookbinding at Central School of Arts and Crafts after leaving the Royal College and himself taught there, the Royal Academy Schools and Goldsmiths’ College School of Art. First one-man show at Zwemmer Gallery in 1934, after which he showed extensively including RA, being elected RA in 1956. Work poured from Bawden’s studio in the 1930s, for companies such as Shell-Mex; book illustrations such as Good Food, 1932 and the Weekend Book, 1939; and a mass of often ephemeral work which evinced a wonderful wit, economy and aptness to subject. Official war Artist in World War 11, much of his output being in the Imperial War Museum. Tate Gallery and many other public collections hold his work. There was a retrospective at Victoria and Albert Museum in 1989 and a tribute at the Fine Art Society in 1992.

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