The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 10, 2016

March 10, 1903

Edward Bawden (March 10, 1903 to November 21, 1989) is not to be confused with his son, Richard Bawden, though both  have included cats in their art. I have been relying on this site to make sure I do not confuse them. Edward Bawden was born in Braintree and Died in Saffron Walden, both Essex locations. Here is a summary of his career;

Bawden trained as an illustrator, book designer and mural painter at the Design School of the Royal College of Art from 1922-5 under the tutelage of Paul Nash. He was a close friend of Eric Ravilious. Throughout the 1930's he practised as an illustrator, poster designer and textile and wallpaper designer as well as teaching at the RCA. In 1933 he was given his first one-man exhibition at Zwemmers Gallery. Bawden produced some fine paintings and drawings whilst serving as an Official WarArtist during WWll in Belgium, France and the Middle East. Like Ravilious, he was commissioned to produce several ceramic designs for Wedgwood.

And here is an Edward Bawden cat:

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