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Gold Diggings Quarry, Minions, Liskeard

Edward Bawden (1903-1989)


Signed and dated 1958


18 x 22 ¼ inches

Leicester Galleries;
West Riding Education Department, on loan to Ripon Grammar School

'Anthony Green RA: Among Royal Academy Artists and Friends', Chris Beetles Gallery, May-August 2018, No 2;
'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 309

Gold Diggings Quarry, Minions, Liskeard
The Bawden family was originally Cornish. Edward Bawden's grandfather was a copper miner at Caradon, near Liskeard, in southeast Cornwall, and his father founded an ironmongery business in Liskeard itself, before moving to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. So, though Edward Bawden was born in Braintree, Essex, he would often return to his family's roots in taking painting holidays in Cornwall. In April 1958, he painted several watercolours in the area around Liskeard, including some of the mines and quarries. The present example shows Gold Diggings Quarry, an abandoned, flooded granite quarry situated about six miles north of Liskeard. It displays the artist's ability to combine his acknowledged skill at design with strong sense of atmosphere, the water both reflecting the lowering clouds and creating a great degree of unity.

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