Edward Bawden, 'The Lord of the Tower Looked Out and Saw a Damsel

Edward Bawden, 'The Lord of the Tower Looked Out and Saw a Damsel

Edward Bawden
'The Lord of the Tower Looked Out and Saw a Damsel, a Dwarf and a Knight Armed at all Points'
1982
Print, for 'The Chronicles of King Arthur' by Sir Thomas Malory (London: Folio Society, 1982)
Museum no. E.430-1982
© The Fine Arts Society

This linoprint belongs to a series of illustrations that accompany The Chronicles of King Arthur. Its graphic feel comes from Edward Bawden's design training and the special qualities of linoprinting. Being rather soft and crumbly lino cannot produce fine lines and works best with bold and uncluttered designs.

Taught by graphic designer Paul Nash, Bawden began his career when the boundaries between fine and applied art and design were becoming blurred. This is shown by Bawden's varied career as fine artist, graphic designer and designer of ceramics and wallpaper.

Bawden also approached book illustration like a designer. He said: 'the illustrator was not just a watercolour painter handing in his work to the printer and letting him get on with it, instead he considered himself a designer, a member of a team responsible for producing a book in which type and decorations harmonized'. He illustrated many books during a long career and also worked for the Curwen Press in the 1920s and 1930s designing wallpaper and borders.

This image can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 1.