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Bawden, Edward

Entry updated 23 January 2023. Tagged: Artist.

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(1903-1989) UK painter and illustrator, conspicuously versatile and active from the mid-1920s to the end of his life; his vivid graphic style – in which spaces and perspectives are controlled through powerfully architectonic linear patterning enabled through his innovative skill as a lino cutter – became very widely known in Britain. He provided illustrations and covers for several books of genre interest, including (by dates of editions he illustrated) Lance de Giberne Sieveking's The Ultimate Island (1925); Robert Paltock's The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins (1928); W J Turner's Henry Airbubble sequence comprising Blow for Bubble (1935), Henry Airbubble (1936) and The Duchess of Popocatapetl (1939); Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Wonder Book (1947); The Prevalence of Witches (1947) by Aubrey Menen (1912-1989), a fantasy set in an imaginary land; Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to Lilliput and Brobdingnag (1948) and the more complete Gulliver's Travels (1965); and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1971). [JC]

Edward Bawden

born Braintree, Essex: 10 March 1903

died Saffron Walden, Essex: 21 November 1989

about the illustrator

  • Caroline Bacon and James McGregor. Edward Bawden (Bedford, Bedfordshire: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, 2008) [nonfiction: graph: illus/Edward Bawden: hb/Bawden, "Liverpool Street Station"]
  • Martin Salisbury. The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 (London: Thames and Hudson, 2017) [nonfiction: graph: hb/Bill Bragg]


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