Canterbury Tales, 1958-61
Edward Bawden CBE, RA (1903-89)
Oil on wood, each panel 231x122cm
Located in Refectory.
Edward Bawden printmaker, graphic designer, illustrator and painter was born in Essex and studied at the Cambridge School of Art 1919-21 and the Royal College of Art 1922-25. Here he met future collaborator Eric Ravilious both of whom were taught by the artist Paul Nash. In 1928 Bawden, along with Ravilious and Charles Mahoney were commissioned by Sir Joseph Duveen to paint a mural at Morley College. The murals were opened in 1930 by Stanley Baldwin, later to be Prime Minister. The murals were destroyed during bombing along with much of the College in 1940. The current murals were commissioned by Denis Richards, at the same time as the Piper and Froy as part of the rebuilding of the College in 1958. Bawden invited Justin Todd, one of his students to assist with the new mural. Bawden’s work can be seen in many collections and his surviving public works include such oddities as a tile depicting a foot ferry on the River Lea, commissioned by London Underground and located on the Victoria line platform at Tottenham Hale station and a cameo-like silhouette of Queen Victoria located at Victoria underground station.