Jerwood Foundation

Edward Bawden RA (1903-1989)

Brighton Pier, 1958

  • Details

    Image: Copyright the Estate of Edward Bawden 2012
    signed and dated ‘Edward Bawden 1961’ (lower right) and inscribed ‘Brighton Pier’ (lower left)

  • Medium

    linocut, printed on wove paper: from the first edition of 40 impressions

  • Dimensions

    20 ½ x 55 in. (52.5 x 139.5 cm.)

  • Provenance

    Purchased from the 2009 exhibition.

  • Exhibited

    London, The Fine Art Society, Edward Bawden: Draughtsman & Printmaker, December 2009, no. 10.
    Southampton, City Art Gallery, Sea Fever: From Turner to Today, May – September 2010.

  • Literature

    E. Moncrieff and J. Greenwood, Edward Bawden: editioned prints, Woodbridge, 2005, p. 63, no. MG.050.
    Exhibition catalogue, Edward Bawden: Draughtsman & Printmaker, London, The Fine Art Society, 2009, illustrated.
    Collection Catalogue, Jerwood Collection, London 2012 p.30. Illustrated p.19.

  • On Display

    Room 7, Jerwood Gallery Hastings

Brighton Pier is one in a series of linocuts that Bawden made depicting Brighton, where he lived for a short period during the 1950’s, while working on book illustrations.

The work is characteristic of Bawden’s bold graphic style, with strong lines, which simplify the complex iron structure of the pier. There is also however, a subtlety in some details, such as the light radiating from the lamps, the texture of the waves and the shadow on the sea under the pier. Six impressions were made for each of the individual colours. As Bawden did not have a large press in his studio, the print would have been made on the floor, using his feet. The use of collage effects, seen regularly throughout Bawden’s work are employed here to frame the image. On the left is the famous Royal Pavilion and to the right a regency townhouse. This representation is not one of realism but which recreates a sense of place through an amalgamation of imagery.

Brighton Pier was awarded first prize in the Giles Bequest competition 1958 for colour prints from linoleum and wood. Another edition of this print was made in 1977 in which the word 'Palace' is printed in white instead of black as it is here.

Image: Copyright the Estate of Edward Bawden 2012


Bawden was a prolific artist, practicing as a graphic designer, painter, illustrator and print maker. Having studied at the Royal College of Art, where he was tutored by Paul Nash, Bawden went on to have a long and successful career which spanned the boundaries between fine and applied arts. He worked closely with fellow artist Eric Ravilious, with whom he studied at the Royal College.

Bawden took much of his inspiration from landscapes, both in England and in his travels abroad. During the Second World War he served as an Official War Artist, and also subsequently travelled to Italy, Africa and the Middle East, contributing to his broad ranging subject matter and use of imagery. Bawden created several series of works focusing on places in England, including Great Bardfield, Essex, which was his home from the 1930’s to 1970.