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Green Parrots for Old Ladies: Edward Bawden’s Letters to his Children (2024)

Artist(s): Edward Bawden
Author(s): Simon Lawrence
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: 2024
Publisher: Fleece Press
Total Pages: 227
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated

£184.00

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About six years ago I had a revelation, that the paternal letters from Edward Bawden to his children, pasted into Richard Bawden’s scrapbooks, give us a fascinating and engaging glimpse of the artist’s family life, of Great Bardfield when it was an extraordinary artistic hub, and of childhood in the 1940s and 1950s.

Edward wrote to Richard and Joanna all through their childhood, while working away far from home as a war artist, then while they were away at boarding school, and at art school. Sometimes he drew pictures for them. We also have a few of their letters written home. The final pages contain engaging correspondence between Richard and his lifelong friend, the eminent potter Richard Batterham (the subject of a recent V&A exhibition), covering later school life at Bryanston in Dorset, then during National Service, and as students.

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