Edward Bawden

Bedford Gallery, Higgins Bedford: 3 October 2009 – 31 January 2010


This major exhibition from the Edward Bawden Archive covered every medium that he used, from watercolours and prints to stunning examples of commercial design

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.”

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 It was accompanied by the publication, Edward Bawden, lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, featuring previously unpublished material and a complete catalogue of the Edward Bawden Archive held at the Higgins Bedford.

Press Coverage
National Newspapers

Daily Telegraph

26 September 2009
Large feature, with images, by Martin Gayford about Edward Bawden and the exhibition


December 2009
Review by Rhoda Koenig


Country Life

30 September 2009
Double page spread, with images, by Jeremy Musson 

RA Magazine

October issue
Feature, with image, by Peyton Skipwith 


House & Garden 

November 2009
Highlight, with image, by Celina Fox 

BBC Homes & Antiques

October 2009
Featured on exhibitions page, with image 

Artists & Illustrators Magazine

October 2009 
Featured on exhibitions page, with image


December 2009

Museums Journal

November/December 2009
Illustrated feature by Simon Stephens 

Period Living magazine

Featured on exhibitions page, with images 

World of Interiors

October issue
Featured Diary page, with image 

Claudia Winkleman Show

October 2009
Estelle Lovatt highlights exhibition

Local press

Living Locally

October 2009
Full page feature, with images by Judy Riley

Bedfordshire on Sunday

4 October 2009
Feature with image, but Judy Riley

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