- Brief description
- 'Waves' wallpaper sample, designed by Edward Bawden, 1928.
- height: 545mm
- Curwen Press
- Bawden, Edward
- Edward Bawden was one of the most prolific and commissioned artists of the 1920s and 1930s. He designed book jackets, wallpapers, patterned papers, ceramics, murals, advertisements, calendars, greeting cards, posters as well as painting and drawing. He was particularly fluent in the medium of the linocut.
As a technique linocuts gained popularity in the early twentieth century although linoleum itself was invented in the 1860s. It was a cheap alternative to woodblock engraving and was widely used in schools and colleges.
In the 1930s there were regular exhibitions of linocuts in London and 'how to' books were published. Bawden used the technique of linocutting for most of his wallpapers and Waves shows the peculiar 'chalkiness' of uneven colour and bold outlines that typifies his use of the technique.
- wall covering