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Bawden's Beasts

Our essential maintenance work is now complete and the gallery has reopened - Bawden's Beasts will be on show until January 27th.


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 Archive Session

Thursday 6th December 2018, 11am – 12.30pm

£11.20 (concessions £9.00) Booking Essential

A chance to delve into the Edward Bawden archive at The Higgins Bedford and see work 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 and introduction to the works.