At a book stall at Rozelle Markets recently I came across a little Penguin booklet on the artist Edward Bawden. It was first published in 1946 and was priced at three shillings and sixpence.
I was unfamiliar with Edward Bawden but am loving his work. He was born in 1903 in Braintree in Essex, England.. He was a painter, printmaker, graphic designer, illustrator, teacher and even had a go at designing and producing wallpaper.
Bawden was an official war artist in the British army, travelling to Belgium, France and the Middle East. The Penguin booklet shows quite a bit of his work from that time. There are some wonderful urban sketches of cities like Saudi Arabia and Baghdad as well as portraits of military personnel.
I really admire his work as shown here, so charming, witty and whimsical.