Edward Bawden Houses at Ironbridge 1956, 1957

Artwork details

Artist
Edward Bawden 1903–1989
Title
Houses at Ironbridge
Date 1956, 1957
Medium Watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 470 x 581 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00206
Not on display

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In 1958 Bawden recalled, ‘I was at Ironbridge for about six weeks in September and October 1956 and was joined by John Aldridge, John Nash and Carel Weight. Each of us in turn painted the famous bridge... “Houses at Ironbridge” was almost the last painting I was able to do during my stay.’

Ironbridge, near Telford in Shropshire, is now preserved as a cradle of the industrial revolution. Already declining at the time of Bawden's visit, it could still be imagined as a place of active workings that seem to intrude even into the sky.

September 2004

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