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Edward Bawden CBE RA (1903-1989)

Edward Bawden, CBE RA (1903-1989)

One of the most significant graphic designers of the twentieth century, Edward Bawden worked with ease between the fine and applied arts. Even before his appointment as an Official War Artist in 1940, he had established a reputation as a designer, illustrator and painter, and the output of his long career included ceramics, lithographic prints, murals, wallpaper designs and watercolours.

Edward Bawden was born in Braintree, Essex, on 10 March 1903, the only child of the ironmonger, Edward Bawden, and his wife, Eleanor (née Game). He was educated at Braintree High School and the Quaker High School, Saffron Walden, before studying at Cambridge School of Art (1919-21). At the Royal College of Art (1922-26) he worked under Paul Nash, who influenced his watercolour technique, and Ernest Tristram, the Professor of Design and mediaevalist, who inspired him more than any other teacher. Starting on the same day at college were Eric Ravilious and Douglas Percy Bliss who became close and life-long friends, and with whom he edited and hand- coloured the students’ magazine,

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