Edward Bawden was a printmaker, graphic designer and illustrator.
He was born on 10 March 1903 in Braintree, Essex. He went on to study at Cambridge School of Art in 1919 and took up illustration at Royal College of Art in London in 1922. It was here where he was taught by artist Paul Nash and met fellow artist Eric Ravilious.
By 1925 Bawden, Nash & Ravilious were all working with Curwen Press, producing illustrations for London Transport, Westminster Bank, Poole Potteries, amongst others.
In the late 1920s he taught design & book illustration at Goldsmiths College of Art, London and by the 1930s was teaching at the Royal College of Art, London, where he continued to do so until 1963, with the exception of the war years.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, he became an Official War Artist, working in Iraq, recording the unique life of Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq. He also recorded many scenes in hospitals, of surgeons and patients.
After the war he became a tutor at Royal Academy Schools in London and a Senior Lecturer at Leicester College of Art & Design.
He died on 21 November 1989 in Saffron Walden, Essex.