Edward Bawden used to take one or two painting holidays each year, during which he was free to paint for its own sake, and not for a client on commissions for book illustrations, printmaking, advertisements, catalogues etc, which his work as an outstanding designer involved.

This watercolour was done on a holiday in Sicily. His technique was in traditional vein, making a careful pencil drawing rather like a blueprint or map, to which he applied washes of colour, one on top of the other, almost like a lithograph. His works were well drawn, selecting essentials from a subject, imaginative and warm in colour.


Royal Academy summer exhibition 1953. The Fine Arts Society, 1997

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