Book Description
Edward Bawden [1903-1989] painter and graphic artist. 4 pp autograph letter to Michael Rothenstein [1908-1993] artist and printmaker on the subject of the exhibition catalogue for the Great Bardfield Artists Open Exhibition of 1958. On Bawden's personal stationary from Brick House, Great Bardfield. Dated 30 July 1957. I cannot send you the reproduction of The Bull or of your portrait because these are in the paste-up only & no duplicates have been sent....the text is another matter & you ought to scan it carefully yourself...I want the least delay in getting corrected proofs to Cowells [who printed the catalogue]. The title page is a bit florid but I hope it is not too bad an opening: I feel that the weight & width is right & and that something rich is needed to support Walter's design on the cover [Walter Hoyle, another artist who lived in the village of Great Bardfield, home to an artists' colony including Bawden, Rothenstein, Bernard Cheese, Sheila Robinson, Audrey Cruddas and others]. In a postscript Bawden writes; Have you any framed prints of drawings in your studio which cld be borrowed for the Basildon Arts Festival Aug 13-17. John and I hope to select & hang the show on the 12th. Its the first time Basildon has had an exhibition. I've received a s.o.s for help & have got contributions from George [Chapman], Clifford [Webb, I think], & Walter [Hoyle]. Basildon is a new town near Billericay & the Council & Art Society seem to have progressive cultural ideas. As it is in the county I think it is in our interest to give our support..... An interesting letter both from the point of view of Bawden's attitude towards graphic art and also as a 'politician' looking to promote the arts in the country he spent most of his life in.
Author Edward Bawden
Date 1957
Binding no binding
Condition Very good
Pages 4

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