T04920 Emma Nelson by the Fire 1987
Pencil and watercolour on machine-made wove paper 498 × 645 (19 5/8 × 25 3/8)
Inscribed ‘Edward Bawden’ b.r. and ‘Edward Bawden 1987’ on back b.r.
Purchased from the Fine Art Society (Grant-in-Aid) 1987
Exh: The Private World of Edward Bawden, Fine Art Society, April 1987 (26)
Lit: Edward Bawden, ‘Emma Makes herself at Home’, House and Garden, Dec. 1987, pp.114–15
T04920 depicts the artist's black cat, named Emma Nelson, lying in a pink and blue patterned basket (see previous entry on T04919). The basket rests on a pink and green striped rug over the sand-coloured floor of Bawden's studio in his house in Saffron Walden. To the left is a grey armchair draped with a white and sand coloured piece of fabric. Just visible is a maroon cushion. In the background is a stark grey gas fire, its element glowing orange. The version of this entry approved by the artist stated that the fire was electric, but Richard Bawden, the artist's son, has said that it was a gas fire (letter to the compiler dated 14 August 1991). A fuller view of Bawden's studio, also featuring Emma Nelson, is depicted in ‘Four Chairs and a Cat’, 1986 (repr. Bawden 1987, p.115)…