4th Oct, 2022 10:00

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 17


Edward Bawden RA (1903-1989)

Edward Bawden RA (1903-1989)
'The Blue Tractor'
linocut in colours, 1962, signed 'Edward Bawden' in pen l.r.
sheet 56 x 80.5cm

Exhibited: The Minories, Colchester, 'The World of Edward Bawden', 1973, catalogue no.77.

Here we see the Market Place in Saffron Walden with the building of Gibson & Co. Bank, latterly Barclays Bank. This is one of the most inventive linocuts Bawden created with the imposing blue tractor and plough which jumps out of this everyday scene with its colossal size. Although artist licence has been used for the perspective, this would have been a well-known sight to residents as the machinery belonged to a local agricultural firm which were regularly seen on Tuesday's market day.

The 'Blue Plough' was the name given to a copy at the 1963 exhibition at the Zwemmer Gallery as well as at the Fry Art Gallery, but this has not been seen inscribed on a print. Unusually, the linocut fills the paper, leaving no unprinted margins. Any inscriptions for this work are within the printed area.

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Great Bardfield and East Anglian Artists

A selection of lots from the Great Bardfield and East Anglian Artists in our 4 October Modern & Contemporary Art sale

Sold for £4,800

Condition Report

Framed size 79 x 101cm
Sheet is taped to black mount board along the top edge. Leaving tape on back on print. Print is currently very closely held against to glass. This will be able to be carefully removed, however we are are reluctant to pull it and cause any damage before the sale. Lower right hand corner has tiny fold to it. When viewing the back of the print, light creasing can be seen in lower right of image, lower left and upper right. A copy of the Daily Telegraph - Thursday June 13 1974, found inside frame. Please see additional images online.



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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art, 4th Oct, 2022



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