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Home and Abroad



Edward Bawden - Home and Abroad

Continues Until 26th January 2020

Edward Bawden Gallery, Free entry


Discover how Bawden's immediate surroundings and overseas travels have influenced his art. Bawden was inspired by the villages, churches and country lanes of his native rural Essex. He also celebrated London's landmarks, its parks, gardens, bridges and stations.


However Bawden's world extended way beyond England. He embarked on his first trip abroad to Italy aged 22. This was an experience which he recalled, 'gave me the biggest shock of my life'. While serving as an Official War Artist, he returned to Italy as well as travelling to many parts of Africa and the Middle East. In later years he taught in Canada and visited Portugal. Each new vist added to Bawden's extensive visual repertoire and all are explored in this exhibition.


Image: Edward Bawden (1903—1989) Edward Bawden in Portugal —Lisbon, Lithograph after linocut, 1962 ©The Edward Bawden Estate. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford).


Bawden Wallpaper

St Jude's are re-issuing Edward Bawden's 1928 'Sahara' wallpaper.


We are proud to announce that The Higgins Bedford will be the first place to see the new wallpaper, which will be for sale at St Jude's.


Visit St. Jude's website to purchase the Bawden wallpaper.


Events, Talks and Tours


Home and Abroad Gallery Tour

Thursday 14th November, 12pm – 12:30pm

£3.00, £2.50 for concessions – Booking Essential

Join exhibition curator Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime tour of 'Home and Abroad'.


To book your place, please email thehiggins@bedford.gov.uk or telephone 01234 718618.