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Edward Bawden Papers

Summary Information
Title: Edward Bawden Papers
Dates: 1963
Creator: Bawden, Edward
Extent: 1 folder
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-619
The collection consists of a single ink illustration.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
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Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Hold Fast by Your Teeth, 1963

Biographical Sketch

Edward Bawden (1903–1989) was a British painter, illustrator and graphic artist. During the Second World War, Edward Bawden served as one of the official war artists for Britain. He made many evocative watercolor paintings recording the war effort in Iraq. His paintings show the unique life led by the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq, particularly their majestic dwellings made of reeds. He was also famous for his prints, book covers, posters, and garden metalwork furniture. During an interview, Edward Gorey mentioned that Bawden was one of his favorite artists, lamenting the fact that not many people remembered or knew about this fine artist. Edward Bawden studied in London at the Royal College of Art with fellow student Eric Ravilious, both of whom Paul Nash referred to as "an extraordinary outbreak of talent". By the late 1920s Bawden was working one day a week for the Curwen Press, producing illustrations for leading accounts such as London Transport, Westminster Bank and Twinings. In the early 1930s he was discovered by the famous Stuart Advertising Agency, owned by H. Stuart Menzies and Marcus Brumwell. At this time Bawden produced some of his most humorous and innovative work for Fortnum & Mason and Imperial Airways.

Biographical Source: ,2007

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a single ink illustration.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Bawden, Edward
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Hold Fast by Your Teeth 1963 
Note  London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1963
Box MC 440
Illustration, ink (1 p.)  Box MC 440