- Edward Bawden 1903–1989
- Watercolour and ink on paper
- Support: 470 x 581 mm
frame: 640 x 755 x 45 mm
- Purchased 1958
T00206 HOUSES AT IRONBRIDGE 1956
Inscr. ‘Edward Bawden 1957’ b.r.
Pen and ink and watercolour, 18 1/2×22 7/8 (47×58).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1958.
Exh: Great Bardfield Artists, Art Exhibitions Bureau touring exhibition, August 1957–May 1958 (12), as ‘Iron Bridge’; withdrawn for inclusion in Open House Week, Great Bardfield, July 1958.
Repr: Colin MacInnes, Great Bardfield Artists, 1958, as ‘Houses at Ironbridge’.
The artist wrote (12 August 1958): ‘I went to Ironbridge on the advice of a schoolmaster who had lived there for several years, supported by the recommendation of my wife. I was at Ironbridge for about six weeks in September & October of 1956 & was joined by John Aldridge, John Nash & Carel Weight. Each of us in turn painted the famous bridge & in every case the painting of the bridge was the first subject chosen. “Houses at Ironbridge” was almost the last painting I was able to do during my stay there.’
On 17 August he added: ‘The date on the painting is an error. I do not sign & date paintings until they are sent to the framers & a year may pass by before the necessity of getting the painting framed arises.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I