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Bawden, Edward
1903-1989

English painter and graphic artist. Born on 10 March 1903 to Methodist parents at Braintree where his father was an ironmonger. He was educated at Braintree High School from seven, then at the Friends School in Saffron Walden, followed by the Cambridge Art School, 1919-1921. At the Royal College of Art School of Design he became friends with Eric Ravilous. His prolific and versatile output included posters and other artwork for London Transport. During the Second World War he was an official war artist, was one of the last to leave Dunkirk and travelled extensively through north Africa and the Middle East. From 1951 to 58 he was a trustee of the Tate Gallery. After his wife’s death in 1970 he left Great Bardfield for Saffron Walden, where he died following a stroke on 31 November 1989.

Sources

  • Edward Bawden, Travels of a War Artist 1940-1945 (1983)
  • Oxford DNB

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