Edward Bawden


A major exhibition from the EDWARD BAWDEN ARCHIVE covering every medium that he used, from watercolours and prints to stunning examples of commercial design

Bedford Gallery, Castle Lane, Bedford: 3 October 2009 – 31 January 2010

EDWARD BAWDEN R.A., C.B.E. was one of the most significant graphic designers of the 20th century. His work was highly individual and his distinctive style was not influenced by the vagaries of fashion or trends.

During the years 1981 to 1989, Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to Cecil Higgins Art Gallery in Bedford. This collection of over 3000 items covers his entire oeuvre. Bawden had written to the curator,
“My own wish would be for all the jigsaw pieces of my life’s work to be together, not scattered willy-nilly … I must say I should feel immensely happy if I could be allowed to leave my remains to Bedford.”

The exhibition is the first major showing of this extensive archive. It offers a unique opportunity to see a full survey of Bawden’s extensive and varied output. It is accompanied by the publication, Edward Bawden, lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, featuring previously unpublished material and a complete catalogue of the Edward Bawden Archive held at Cecil Higgins Art Gallery.