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Bawden's Beasts


Bawden’s Beasts

10th February 2018 – 27th January 2019

Edward Bawden Gallery – Free Entry


The creatures that inhabit Bawden’s work reveal his extraordinary talent for visual expression and storytelling, often using the simplest of lines. Inventive and humorous, Bawden put animals great and small to work in his commissions for book illustrations, advertisements and posters, in which they adopt human guises for their amusing antics: a giraffe dons a blazer, cravat and boater to advertise British Petroleum and an army of ants armed with mops and brooms adorns the cover of Take The Broom. Wallpaper designs, drawings, prints and murals reveal Bawden’s fascination with animals and marine life, anthropomorphic insects and the macabre. The exhibition will feature Bawden’s work in a range of media throughout the course of his career, including his imaginative advertisements for Fortnum & Mason, and evocative prints of Aesop’s Fables.


Bawden’s Beasts Gallery Tour

17th October, 12pm - 12.30pm

£2.90 (concessions £2.40)


Join exhibition curator Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime tour of Bawden’s Beasts.


Bawden Archive Session

6th December 11am - 12.30pm

£11.20 (concessions £9)


Enjoy this rare opportunity to delve into the Edward Bawden archive and explore works that have never been on display, as well as old favourites. The session will be led by Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Art, who will give an introduction to the works.