Edward Bawden

Design for Wrapping Paper (Deer and Trees)

About this artwork

This linocut design was made to be reproduced as wrapping paper. From the late 1950s, Bawden increasingly used linocuts instead of drawings in his graphic work. As a straightforward and cost-effective method of printing, Bawden found linocuts to be the most suitable way to make repeating patterns for wallpaper or wrapping paper, as one printing block could produce many shapes. This design shows Bawden’s skill in condensing and conveying the essential qualities of his subject, here using short strokes to suggest both the shape of the deer and the texture of its fur.

  • title:
    Design for Wrapping Paper (Deer and Trees)
  • accession number:
    GMA 2597 F
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  • materials:
    Colour linocut, white gouache and pencil on paper
  • date created:
    1960
  • measurements:
    56.00 x 76.00 cm (paper size)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the artist 1982
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Edward Bawden
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden