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Sidewall, Lagoon, 1929

This is a Sidewall. It was produced by The Curwen Press. It is dated 1929 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is lithograph from linocut. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Edward Bawden was a watercolorist, book illustrator, mural painter, and designer. In 1925, Bawden saw William Morris’s wallpaper, Daisy, in an exhibition and was inspired to design his first wallpaper. Harold Curwen, of the Curwen Press, saw some of these early designs and wanted to transfer the pieces to his lithographic press so they could be reproduced and sold. Bawden designed 14 wallpapers between 1926 and 1933 for the Curwen Press. These papers are now quite rare.
This is one of a group of Bawden papers under consideration for acquisition. In addition to being rare, these papers will expand our holdings of Bawden’s designs. At the time of proposed acquisition, Cooper-Hewitt’s collection holds just one wallpaper by Bawden, Stone Ivy (1992-191-5), from 1938, which was designed for the English firm, Cole and Sons. (April 17, 1996)

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Something Fishy for Your Walls.

It is credited Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and Pauline C. Noyes Funds.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 77 x 55 cm (30 5/16 x 21 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Lagoon, 1929; Produced by The Curwen Press (United Kingdom); England; lithograph from linocut; H x W: 77 x 55 cm (30 5/16 x 21 5/8 in.); Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and Pauline C. Noyes Funds; 1996-32-8

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Artist's Designed Wallpapers.

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