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The Design of Edward Bawden


Today is a good day as I have recently discovered the wonderful work of Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989).  Bawden was an English illustrator, painter and graphic designer who was best known for his book covers, illustrations, posters and prints. He was formally trained as an artist and attended Cambridge School of Art and received a scholarship to the Royal College of Art School of Design in London.

Bawden was a prolific artist and produced various mediums of art including tiles for the London Underground (which can still be seen on the Victoria line platform at Tottenham Hale station), a mural for the Refectory at Morley College and a range of wallpapers. One of Bawden’s most recognizable designs was the “Puzzled Lion and Startled Unicorn” masthead for the British newspaper The Observer. This masthead was used by the newspaper from 1939 until 1989.

In 1979,

Edward Bawden spent the later part of his life teaching and tutoring at reputable art schools and received numerous awards.

AbeBooks has a wonderful selection of books written and illustrated by Edward Bawden.

Life-English-Village

Life in an English Village – Sixteen Lithographs by Edward Bawden (1949)

Making Poetry by Anne Stevenson, paper designed by Edward Bawden (1933)

Making Poetry by Anne Stevenson, paper designed by Edward Bawden (1933)

Hold-Fast-Teeth

Hold Fast by Your Teeth by Edward Bawden (1963)

Good Food. Month by Month Recipes by Ambrose Heath, illustrated by Edward Bawden

Good Food. Month by Month Recipes by Ambrose Heath, illustrated by Edward Bawden

 

More Good Food by Ambrose Heath, illustrated by Edward Bawden

More Good Food by Ambrose Heath, illustrated by Edward Bawden

 A Chatto & Windus Miscellany 1982, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1928)


A Chatto & Windus Miscellany 1982, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1928)

Popular Song by Edith Sitwell, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1928)

Popular Song by Edith Sitwell, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1928)

Good Drinks by Ambrose Heath, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1939)

Good Drinks by Ambrose Heath, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1939)

 

Death-Dreamer

Death and the Dreamer by Denis Saurat, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1946)

Traveller's Verse with lithographs by Edward Bawden (1946)

Traveller’s Verse with lithographs by Edward Bawden (1946)

 

Greeks and Trojans by Rex Warner, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1951)

Greeks and Trojans by Rex Warner, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1951)

A Book of Cuts by Edward Bawden (1979)

A Book of Cuts by Edward Bawden (1979)

 

Chatto-Windus

A Chatto & Windus Miscellany 1982, illustrated by Edward Bawden (1928)

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, lithographs by Edward Bawden (1965)

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, lithographs by Edward Bawden (1965)

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Henry the Fourth Part II. With water-colours by Edward Bawden (1939)

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