Edward Bawden Borough Market London with Southwark Cathedral

£4,450

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Edward Bawden (1903–1989)

Borough Market, from Six London Markets (1967)

Signed and titled in pencil, numbered 74/75, published by the Curwen Press.

Lithograph in colours, on wove paper

46 x 61 cm (18 x 24″)

In a hand-finished black-painted frame.

 

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Description

An unusual example of printing; although it is a lithograph it looks very much like a linocut and is often, mistakenly, catalogued as such. The story goes that Bawden was commissioned to produce the London markets series by Curwen, and set to with linoleum and his knife. Upon arriving at Curwen he discovered they only produced lithographs, not linocuts, so the linoleum was pressed into the lithographic plates and this most intriguing lithograph produced.

This version is in the rare colourway. Subsequent to the edition of 75, an additional edition of eight prints was produced, in this different colourway, possibly for sale at the 1967 Royal Academy Summer Show. As this print is numbered 74/75, so from the main edition, it is assumed that the final prints in the edition of 75 were damaged so the edition was made up with a print from the subsequent version produced in the alternative colours. Normally Curwen, famed for the quality of their printing, would be very particular about keeping the colours consistent throughout an edition.