The Curwen Press

Edward Bawden 'Borough Market'

Top of the reading pile this week is Alan Powers' history of the Curwen Press. Superbly illustrated throughout with prints from artists such as Edward Bawden & John Piper, Elizabeth Frink and Graham Sutherland to name but a few. A feast for the eyes and a great insight into the company who gave the lithograph a new lease of life.

(Currently on special offer at the Tate's online shop:

"The Curwen Press, set up by the Reverend John Curwen in 1863, was initially concerned with printing sheet music, but made its name in the early twentieth century as a printer of superb quality limited-edition books. Using the newly developed technique of lithography, in the 1920s the Press began encouraging young artists to illustrate their books and design end-papers and was soon commissioning such leading figures in the history of twentieth-century British art as Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer and Edward Bawden to contribute artwork. Hugely influential in terms of book-design, many of these early editions are now highly sought-after collector's items."
'Art & Print: The Curwen Story' Alan Powers ISBN 1854377213