Edward Bawden

Design for Wrapping Paper (Bagpipe Player)

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 bold and distinctly Scottish design, the green checked lines reflect the tartan pattern on the piper’s kilt. Despite the simplification of the piper, he retains individuality and character.

  • title:
    Design for Wrapping Paper (Bagpipe Player)
  • accession number:
    GMA 2597 C
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  • materials:
    Colour linocut, white gouache, pencil and collage 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

Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden