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Print - Town Hall Yard
  • Town Hall Yard
    Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989
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Town Hall Yard

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1956 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lino-cut on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased as a result of the 1956 Giles Bequest Competition

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR57, box MP322

Edward Bawden (1903-1989), well known as an illustrator, was a particularly gifted exponent of linocut, which he used for wallpaper, bookjackets, posters and fine art prints. He described linocut as 'very much a designers' medium', which made uncompromising demands on the printmaker: a slip was irretrievable, and a wrongly cut line could not be put right. Here, Bawden makes good use of an ornamental pattern found in the buildings and finds decorative possibilities in the pollarded and leafless trees. The limited palette makes unusual and effective use of colour, particularly in the improbable mustard sky.

Physical description

Colour linocut printed in ochre,red, black and blue-grey. View of a town square with four leafless trees, a church in the background with leaded windows, buildings to left and right and a figure with a bicycle in centre foreground.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1956 (printed)


Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lino-cut on paper


Height: 39.5 cm, Width: 52 cm

Descriptive line

'Town Hall Yard', colour linocut by Edward Bawden, Great Britain, 1956

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

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1956


Paper; Printing ink


Colour lino-cut

Subjects depicted

Townscape; Landscape; Cityscape




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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