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Watercolorist, illustrator, designer, printmaker and teacher, Bawden studied
at Cambridge School of Art and then at Royal College of Art, in the design
school being taught by Paul Nash. Shortly afterwards he worked on commercial
work for Poole Pottery and Curren Press, then in 1928-9 with Ravilious and Mahoney,
did decorations for Morley College. He went on to study engraving and bookbinding
at Central School of Arts and Crafts and taught here as well as the Royal Academy Schools
and Goldsmiths' College School of Art. He was elected RA in 1956. Work poured from
Bawden's studio in the 1930s, for companies such as Shell-Mex; book illustrations such
as Good Food, 1932 and The Week-end Book, 1939; and a mass of often ephemeral work
which evinced a wonderful wit, economy and aptness of subject. He was an official WW2
artist, much of his output being in the Imperial War Museum.