Bawden, Edward (1903-1989), 'Cattle Market', Lithograph from Linocut, 1937

'Cattle Market', Lithograph from Linocut, 1937

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Signed by the artist in pencil. Bawden’s only pre-war editioned print.

Signed examples of this lithograph are very rare. From the first series of ‘Contemporary Lithographs’ published in January 1937. Printed at the Curwen Press in an edition of 400. Although the stated edition was 400 copies the number of impressions in existence are far fewer owing to the bombing of the Contemporary Lithographs office during the war.

The lithograph depicts a scene at Braintree Market not far from Bawden’s home in Great Bardfield. He was born in Braintree on the 10th of March 1903 and had attended school there. Bawden re-located from London to the village of Great Bardfield in 1925 accompanied by Eric Ravilious.

‘Happy cows...a Bawden speciality...(it) encapsulates the scene at Braintree market, incorporating grass-churning yokels and bland faces or angular haunches of serried ranks of livestock waiting to be sold’
- Pat Gilmour

This piece, the first in the ‘Contemporary Lithographs’ series, was in fact a transferred linocut. Bawden had collaborated with the Curwen Press on several projects using the same method to produce wallpapers and posters in the previous decade.

Image Size: 58.5 x 82 cm
Reference: MG 25
Literature: Artmonsky,Ruth, 'Art for Everyone: Contemporary Lithographs Ltd,' London: Artmonsky Arts, 2010, P.44

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