New Edward Bawden ‘trains, planes and automobiles’ exhibition to open this weekend

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The Titfield Thunderbolt 1952 by Edward Bawden. Image: The Edward Bawden Estate
The Titfield Thunderbolt 1952 by Edward Bawden. Image: The Edward Bawden Estate

A new exhibition by Edward Bawden the iconic, painter, illustrator and graphic artist, focusing on trains, planes and automobiles, will open opens this weekend at The Higgins, Bedford.

Whether it is hot air balloons over sandy beaches, waving pilots in early biplanes, or dogs chasing anything with wheels, it promises to be an exciting day trip for anyone who enjoys arts and culture.

London Transport gave Bawden his first big commission and his artwork on the London Underground led to a huge surge in interest in travellers wanting to explore our capital city.

As well as his work for London Transport, these being his famous linocuts, Bawden also created advertising campaigns for Ealing Studios and Dunlop.

His prints are also highly collectable and extremely well-known.

Edward Bawden - Planes, Trains and Automobiles exhibition at The Higgins, Bedford. Image Bedford Borough Council
Edward Bawden – Planes, Trains and Automobiles exhibition at The Higgins, Bedford. Image Bedford Borough Council

Cllr Doug McMurdo (Sharnbrook, Independent), Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to explore these works of art.

“Edward Bawden is an influential British artist and designer, it is fantastic that residents and visitors can see these works at The Higgins Bedford for free.”

Edward Bawden, who died in 1989, left the contents of his studio to The Higgins, Bedford which is now home to the Edward Bawden Archive.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 11 March at the Higgins, Bedford, which can be found behind the Castle Mound on Bedford’s Embankment. For further information about the exhibition head to thehigginsbedford.org.uk.