Edward Bawden was born in 1903 in England, and studied at the Royal College of Art in London with artist Eric Ravilious. After graduating from the Royal College, Bawden got a job for the Curwen Press, working on graphics for the likes of Westminster Bank, and London Transport. By the early 1930s the highly regarded Stuart Advertising Agency picked him up, and much of Bawden’s best work was created for Fortnum & Mason and Imperial Airways.
During World War Two Bawden served as one of the official war artists. His main medium at the time was watercolour, and he created many thought-provoking works chronicling the war in Iraq and the lives of the Marsh Arabs. Bawden was awarded a Commander position in The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was a member of the Royal Academy, both great honours. He died in 1989. Many of his works remain in major permanent collections and are exhibited regularly throughout the world in galleries.