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Edward Bawden CBE RA RDI (British, 1903-1989)


Edward Bawden was born at Braintree in Essex in 1903. He attended the local high school there before studying at the Cambridge School of Art (1919-21). He worked under Paul Nash at the Royal College of Art (1922-26) where he made friends with Eric Ravilious and Douglas Percy Bliss. His talent as an illustrator quickly came to the fore and in 1925 he was commissioned by the Curwen Press to illustrate a booklet and design some patterned paper. Throughout the 1930s he taught at Goldsmith's College and the Royal College of Art. In 1935, he and Eric Ravilious took on Brick House at Great Bardfield, Essex and became the centre of the group of artists generally defined as the Great Bardfield School which included John Nash and Ravilious.

Bawden was made CBE in 1946 and RA in 1956. He later moved to Saffron Walden, Essex continuing to work as indoustriously as ever. He died in 1989, the same year that a major retrospective of his work was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

As Alan Horne has written, "By any standards, Bawden must be considered a master in the art of illustrating books. He had a remarkable feeling for design, and in his best work, his illustrations decorate the page in a typographical as well as a pictorial way. He had an instinct for picking out essential attributes and recording them with relish." (A Dictionary of British Book Illustration, pp.93-94).

References: Douglas Percy Bliss. Edward Bawden, 1979; The world of Edward Bawden, 1973, Horne, Alan. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators: 93-94; Justin Howes. Edward Bawden: A Retrospective Survey, 1988; Jeremy Greenwood. Edward Bawden: editioned prints, 2005 (hereafter referred to as MG).


Edward Bawden. Queens Garden

Queens Garden
Lithograph in colours on BFK Rives paper with full margins
1983
signed, titled and numbered 91/160
47.5 x 61.5cm. (plate); 63.5 x 77cm. (sheet)

SOLD

Pubished and printed at the Curwen Studio to celebrate the artist's 80th birthday.

References: MG: 174.

Edward Bawden. Kew Palace

Kew Palace
Lithograph in colours on BFK Rives paper with full margins
1983
signed, titled and numbered 80/160
47.5 x 61cm. (plate); 63.5 x 77cm. (sheet)

SOLD

This lithograph and Queens Garden, above were both printed from the original linoblocks at the Curwen Studio to celebrate the artist's 80th birthday.

References: MG: 173.


Edward Bawden. 'He smote his father, King Arthur with his sword held in both his hands'

'He smote his father, King Arthur with his sword held in both his hands.' (the Death of King Arthur)
Linocut on somerset wove paper
1982
signed and titled by the artist in pencil
unnumbered example aside from the edition of 50, (12 (10 for sale) boxed sets of the prints on Japanese Hosho paper, were also issued though the individual prints were numbered but not signed or titled)
260 x 367mm. (image)

£700 (framed)

References: MG: 170. This particular image of the death of King Arthur was not used in the folio society edition of the book, but issued separately as a print. 50 examples of the individual prints were issued although Greenwood notes that no more than 15 from the edition were probably printed from the projected edition of 50.

'Bawden executed seventy-one linocuts for The Chronicles of King Arthur and spares us none of the gory details of mediaeval life. Here we see Bawden at his best with his use of simplified forms, extraordinary silhouettes and exaggerated details. It is typical of Bawden, who throughout his life remained something of an ironic observer and relished the absurd, that he should leave us this highly personal interpretation of Malory's great work.' (Quoted in MG: p. 14).



Edward Bawden. Horse and Cart




References: MG: 172.
From the limited edition portfolio of prints by Edward Bawden produced on behalf of the Royal College of Art in 1984.

Horse and Cart

Photolithograph on paper
1984
From limited edition of 200
21 x 29.7cm. (sheet)

£109.50 (framed)


Edward Bawden. Parrot




Parrot
Photolithograph on paper
1984
From limited edition of 200
29.7 x 21cm. (sheet)

£75 (within mount); £130 (framed)



Edward Bawden. Humpty Dumpty




Humpty Dumpty
Photolithograph on paper
1984
From limited edition of 200
29.7 x 21cm. (sheet)

£75 (within mount); £130 (framed)


Edward Bawden. Boats




Boats
Photolithograph on paper
1984
From limited edition of 200
21 x 29.7cm. (sheet)

SOLD


Edward Bawden. Vicious Pet




Vicious Pet

Photolithograph on paper
1984
From limited edition of 200
29.7 x 21cm. (sheet)

£75 (within mount); £130 (framed)

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