[BAWDEN, Edward]. RUSSELL, James (author). The Lost Watercolours of Edward Bawden. Norwich: The Mainstone Press, 2016.
4to. Original burnt orange cloth lettered in black to spine with onlaid pictorial oval to upper board, decorative endpapers, preserved in original slipcase; pp. [v], 6-190 + [ii]; beautifully illustrated with coloured plates throughout; as new.
First edition, limited to only 850 copies.
Designed by Lizzie Ballantyne, and printed on Gardapat Kiara stock by Deckers Snoeck, Ghent, this striking production investigates an aspect of a career that has been neglected by recent admirers, namely Bawden's role, in the 1930s, as an acclaimed modern painter. This book assembles the largest collection of the artist's pre-war watercolours. Most were originally exhibited at one of Bawden's major solo shows - at the Zwemmer Gallery in 1933, or at the Leicester Galleries in '38, and have been subsequently enjoyed in private collections. It has taken the compiler three years to track down these 'lost' works and record them here for a wider audience: 'As one critic observed in the 1930s, these are paintings that deserve more than to be looked at. They deserve to be looked into.'