If anything puts us in the mood for the holidays, it's Edward Bawden's glorious artwork for Fortnum & Mason, purveyors of tea, biscuits, chocolate, gifts, and hampers full of goodies since 1707.
A student of Edward Johnston, the man who revitalized handwriting in the 20th century, Edward Bawden (1903-1989) went on to become one of the most revered and beloved of English artists. After World War II he became the house artist for Fortum's Christmas catalogues, designing covers and insides from 1955-1959.
Original artwork for the Christmas catalogues, and more original art work (including for the Victoria & Albert Museum and Kew Gardens), reproductions, and books may be found in the Richard Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, Book Arts & Special Collections.
A selection of Bawden's Christmas catalogues may be viewed in the Rare Book Room, Book Arts & Special Collections through January 15, 2019.
Happy New Year from all of us!