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

'Cattle Market', Lithograph from Linocut, 1937

Signed by the artist in pencil. From the Edition of 400.

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.

Bawden’s only pre-war editioned print. Signed examples of this lithograph are very rare.

This piece, the first in the 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. The lithograph depicts a scene at Braintree Market not far from Bawden’s home in Great Bardfield.

‘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

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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