one of only 75 examples
BAWDEN, Edward (artist). "Among The Marsh Arabs". An original coloured lithograph. 1986.
An original coloured lithograph in hand-cut ivory-coloured acid free mount, image size 36.3 x 58.3cm, titled and signed by Edward Bawden in pencil; a lovely bright example with fresh colouring; with a slim, and pale, frame of localised offset acid-bleed from previous mount board to the wider margins of the plate, hidden behind the new archival mount.
A limited edition print: number 47 of only 75 examples.
As a commissioned war artist Edward Bawden (1903-1989) made more than one journey to the Middle East. In June 1944 he embarked on a four-week trip to revisit the Marsh Arabs of the Euphrates where he captured the likenesses of Sheiks in their reed houses. His companion on this journey was the English journalist Richard Wyndham who Bawden uncharacteristically, in view of his well-documented misanthropic nature, described as 'a good travel mate'. Bawden completed a watercolour entitled "A creek scene with the local means of river conveyance" (39 x 51.5cm) in that year (now part of the Government Art Collection) which is clearly the model for this engraving, which was produced over 40 years later.