Monday, 2 March 2015

Edward Bawden

Brighton Pier

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.

Covent Garden Flower Market


The Road to Thaxted, 1956, linocut

Venice, lithograph

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