'LONDON by Edward Bawden', 22 May-26 Oct 2014

This new exhibition at The Higgins Bedford, showcases the artist and designers unique and iconic vision of the city. Opening on the 22nd May 2014, the exhibition includes examples of Bawden’s work for London Underground, his large, structural linocuts of London monuments and London markets, and images of the Horse Guards and Kew Gardens.

These remarkable images offer insight into how Bawden’s relationship with the city developed throughout his long career.  
Bawden’s work returned time and again to certain parts of the city. Liverpool Street Station was the subject of work both from the 1920’s and the 1960s but it was Kew Gardens that was to have the most lasting appeal. Bawden’s earliest work depicting Kew is a manuscript, acquired by The Higgins Bedford with assistance from The Art Fund in 2010, entitled A General Guide to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Spring & Easter 1923. The unique unpublished manuscript is a mock-up guide book for Kew Gardens dedicated on the first page to his friend, the artist, Eric Ravilious. The book features many humorous characters enjoying the gardens, and an early example of Bawden’s characteristic illustrated maps.

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD