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Book illustration - The Lord of the tower looked out and saw a damsel, a dwarf and a knight armed at all points
  • The Lord of the tower looked out and saw a damsel, a dwarf and a knight armed at all points
    Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989
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The Lord of the tower looked out and saw a damsel, a dwarf and a knight armed at all points

  • Object:

    Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1982 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989 (print maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linoprint on Japanese Hosho paper

  • Museum number:

    E.430-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 1

This linoprint belongs to a series of illustrations that accompany The Chronicles of King Arthur. Its graphic feel comes from Edward Bawden's design training and the special qualities of linoprinting. Being rather soft and crumbly it cannot produce fine lines and works best with bold and uncluttered designs. Taught by graphic designer Paul Nash, Bawden began his career when the boundaries between fine and applied art and design were becoming blurred. This is shown by Bawden's varied career as fine artist, graphic designer and designer of ceramics and wallpaper.

Bawden also approached book illustration as a designer. He said: 'the illustrator was not just a watercolour painter handing in his work to the printer and letting him get on with it, instead he considered himself a designer, a member of a team responsible for producing a book in which type and decorations harmonized'. He illustrated many books during a long career and also worked for the Curwen Press in the 1920s and 1930s designing wallpaper and borders.

Physical description

Monochrome print depicting a dwarf , a knight and a damsel approaching a castle moat on horseback. A knight watches from a window in the tower.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1982 (made)

Artist/maker

Bawden, Edward, born 1903 - died 1989 (print maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linoprint on Japanese Hosho paper

Marks and inscriptions

The lord of the tower looked out and saw a damsel, a dwarf and a knight armed at all points 2/50 Edward / Bawden
below image; pencil

Dimensions

Height: 26.5 cm image, Width: 20 cm maximum, image, Height: 34 cm sheet, Width: 49.4 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Linoprint illustration by Edward Bawden, for Thomas Malory The Chronicles of King Arthur, published by the Folio Society, 1982

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

Malory, Thomas. The Chronicles of King Arthur. London, Folio Society, 1982.
Malory, Thomas. The Chronicles of King Arthur. 1982.

Materials

Japanese paper; Lino

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Castle; Woman; Knight; Dwarf

Categories

Illustration; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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