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Bawden’s work as a War Artist took him to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. After the war and his return to England he worked on many illustration projects, murals, linocuts and landscape watercolours. His technical abilities in a variety of media were wide- ranging, and his treatment of subject matter was witty and highly individual.
Bawden was appointed CBE in 1946, became an RA in 1956, was a trustee of the Tate Gallery in the 1950s and was given a retrospective exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1989.
Lady Filmy Fern or The Voyage of the Window Box, written by Thomas Hennell, was created from a series of illustrations made by Bawden in the 1930s, although the resulting book was not published until 1980. It is a fantasy story in the tradition of Lewis Carroll: the characters had grown out of a game of ‘consequences’ played by Bawden, Hennell, Ravilious and their wives during weekends spent together before the war. Our drawing was reproduced as plate no. 12, depicting the main character and her companion travelling atop an elephant through India.
The present drawing is one of the original 1930s designs, which Bawden stored, along with other drawings, down a well in his garden for safe-keeping during the war years. Bawden recovered the drawings and in the 1980s added to those made some fifty years earlier, with new illustrations for the book’s publication.
|Height||23.30 cm||(9.17 inches)|
|Width||29.00 cm||(11.42 inches)|
Martyn Gregory Gallery
34 Bury Street