Watercolour and gouache, 20 by 11 cm (8 by 4 1/4 ins)
Exhibited: The Fine Art Society, London, 1979, Edward Bawden ? Illustrator
The present work is one of a series of illustrations that Bawden executed for the Folio Society in 1958 for an edition of William Beckford?s Gothic novel, an Arabian Tale or The History of the Caliph Vathek. Bawden enjoyed a long association with the Folio Society, executing drawings for their many books from the 1950s until his death in the 1980s. It was one of his most significant associations as an illustrator and he produced some of his most vibrant and original works for them.
Signed with monogram as part of a shop sign l.l.: EB
Pen and black ink, 16 by 22 cm (6 1/4 by 8 3/4 ins)
Everyday scenes of English life like the present work were the subject of many of Bawden?s most characteristic and charming illustrations. This drawing, probably dating from the 1950s, is likely to relate to work he did for periodicals such as Vogue and The Listener.