Eric Ravilious. Portrait of Edward Bawden, 1930 (detail). Art UK, public domain.


Exploring Edward Bawden’s England

  • Monday 10 June 2024
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: Dr Gill Saunders

A prolific printmaker, illustrator, painter, and designer, Edward Bawden (1903-89) rarely travelled far from home, finding inspiration in quintessentially English scenes and subjects. Bawden’s reputation has soared in recent years as we have come to appreciate his singular vision – expressed in playful posters for London Transport, witty advertisements for food and drink, and quirky wallpaper patterns, as well as bold linocuts celebrating everything from country churches to Victorian railway stations.


 Dr Gill Saunders was formerly Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she specialised twentieth-century and contemporary prints and drawings. Her publications include Recording Britain (2011), Bawden, Ravilious and the Artists of Great Bardfield (2015), The Poster: A Visual History (2020) and Edward Bawden’s England (2023). She is now Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the V&A, working on an exhibition of Lucian Freud’s etchings, and a book on screenprints.

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