We are delighted to announce the first temporary art exhibition in the Gallery.
Fry Art Gallery Saffron Walden is generously lending six scenes of London Markets by Edward Bawden to the College for its first exhibition being held during the Michaelmas Term 2012.
Edward Bawden CBE RA was commissioned by Herbert Simon, Managing Director of the Curwen Press, to produce a series of six London Markets as limited editions in 1967, to be printed by the Curwen Studio, then based just off Tottenham Court Road in London. The Curwen Press had engaged Bawden to work for them on many projects since the early 1920s, producing a wide range of images for advertisements, book-jackets, wallpapers and pattern papers.
The prints of Covent Garden Fruit Market, Covent Garden Flower Market, Billingsgate, Borough, Leadenhall and Smithfield Markets were originated as linocuts which were then made into lithographic plates by Stanley Jones. The main edition was seventy-five copies of each.
Bawden would travel down to London from Great Bardfield very early in the morning with the local butcher. Bawden's long-term interest in the structural detail of large-span working buildings, evident in his depictions of railway stations and other structures, is also expressed in these prints, juxtaposed against the human activity and the market produce.
Wolfson College is delighted to enter into a partnership with Fry Art Gallery. This exhibition is the first in a series that will feature other works from the collections of the Fry in the Easter Term of 2013.
Montage of London Markets by Edward Bawden © Fry Art Gallery