Edward Bawden

Design for Wrapping Paper (Farm with Highland Cattle)

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. In this stylised design, Bawden has created a representation of the Scotland’s traditional crofting history with stone walls marking the edges of each croft but perhaps also referencing black houses in which cattle would often live alongside the farming families.

  • title:
    Design for Wrapping Paper (Farm with Highland Cattle)
  • accession number:
    GMA 2597 G
  • artist:
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  • materials:
    Colour linocut, pencil and collage on paper
  • date created:
    About 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