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Wallpaper - Church and Dove
  • Church and Dove
    Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989
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Church and Dove

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989 (designer)
    Curwen Press Ltd (printer and publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Modern Textiles

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 2B, shelf DW, box 8A

Physical description

'Church and dove' wallpaper, doves and church spires within circular windows in a green background with white leaf and branch motifs.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1925 (printed and published)


Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989 (designer)
Curwen Press Ltd (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 56.9 cm, Width: 54.7 cm

Object history note

Reproduced in D. P. Bliss, Edward Bawden (Godalming, 1979) p 78.

Historical context note

Bawden was one of a group of designers in the 1920s and 30s who contributed to a regeneration of design in the decorative arts by reviving the Arts and Crafts ethic of the 'hand-made' and applying it to ordinary household objects. At the 1924 Empire Exhibition he had seen Morris's 'Daisy' wallpaper and was inspired by its simple charm to begin making his own wallpapers. His former teacher Paul Nash described him 'obscurely printing a series of very original wallpaper designs cut on linoleum'. Between 1926 and 1929 these linocut prints were reproduced by the Curwen Press on a commercial scale using lithography. This was itself an unusual process for printing wallpaper, but allowed them to preserve the characteristic uneven texture of the original linocuts.

Though they received favourable publicity, Bawden's papers were perhaps too assertive and individual for the average home, and sales were uneven.

[Gill Saunders, 'British Design at Home', p.111]

Descriptive line

Portion of 'Church and Dove' wallpaper; Designed by Edward Bawden; Colour lithograph on paper; Printed by Curwen Press; England; ca. 1925.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Oman, Charles C., and Hamilton, Jean. Wallpapers: a history and illustrated catalogue of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Publications, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.




Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Spires; Doves; Churches; Trees


ELISE; Images Online; Prints; Wallcoverings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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