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Design for Wrapping Paper (Bagpipe Player)
© The Estate of Edward Bawden

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Design for Wrapping Paper (Bagpipe Player) 1960

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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.

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Art forms, usually on paper, where the emphasis is on expression through line, mark-making or lettering rather than colour. This includes drawing, printmaking and typography.


A relief print produced in a similar way to a woodcut, but using a layer of linoleum, sometimes mounted on wood. As a cheap and easy way of producing prints, linocuts are often used by amateur artists but the method was also employed by Matisse in the late 1930s and by Picasso.

Graphic, Linocut


  • Acc. No. GMA 2597 C
  • Medium Colour linocut, white gouache, pencil and collage on paper
  • Size 56.00 x 76.00 cm (paper size)
  • Credit Presented by the artist 1982