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Are You Sitting Comfortably ? Edward Bawden

October 22, 2018

Good Morning readers, just look what’s landed on my doormat today, a fabulous new hardback bound in pink Rachford’s cloth, just begging to be browsed at my leisure…. and it’s not even Christmas!

The latest publication from The Mainstone Press with over 350 illustrations, 176 pages and a guaranteed smile a minute. Celebrating the beautifully illustrated book jackets of Edward Bawden, featuring a range of work dating between the 1920’s and the 1980’s.

For copyright reasons I’m only allowed to show you a sneak preview of how wonderful this volume is. Hopefully you can see for yourselves, what a pleasure it is to browse through the pages, explore the amazing illustrations that Edward Bawden is well known for and read the entertaining insights from Peyton Skipwith and James Russell into his artistic development and his working methods.

Peyton Skipwith traces Bawden’s remarkable career from his designs for the students’ magazine of the Royal College of Art in the 1920’s to his final commissions from the Folio Society in the 1980’s. Exploring his working methods, including drawing in pen and ink, line-engraving and his favourite medium of linocut.

Look at these great illustrations below for Ambrose Heath’s Good Food series, rarely seen from the 1930’s and beautifully simplistic, with Bawden’s characteristic use of shading and half tones to create both depth and form.

‘Are You Sitting Comfortably? The Book Jackets of Edward Bawden’ with captions by James Russell available for £35 from The Mainstone Press.

Pop it on your Christmas list and grab a copy today!





2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2018 10:37 pm

    What an incredibly fresh and imaginative style this artist has. Also very nice to have found this particular publisher, i.e. Mainstone, through your blog. Every single post of your blog leads to new discoveries, therefore it is one of the few I follow with daily notifications enabled. Thanks for all the good work, much appreciated!

    • October 26, 2018 12:04 pm

      Thank you Eelco. Mainstone do some incredible work and feature many of my favourite artists, so it’s difficult not to like and enthuse about what they release. Much appreciate your comments, glad you are enjoying my posts too.

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