Entertaining a la carte: Edward Bawden and Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason and Edward Bawden were an unlikely double act: one a firm devoted to luxury provisions and lavish entertaining, the other a shy, retiring artist, who once proposed to offer charcoal biscuits and water to guests at a ‘gloom party’. Yet the relationship inspired Bawden to produce some of his finest work, and today his vivid, fanciful illustrations are widely appreciated. This book presents the advertising material illustrated by the artist for Fortnum & Mason on either side of World War II. Showcasing Christmas catalogues, menu cards, promotional brochures and other ephemera, this luxurious volume is the ideal souvenir of Fortnum’s recent 300th anniversary and a memento of Edward Bawden’s work.
If the world’s favourite English emporium is famous for promoting a love of good things, Edward Bawden is the one artist who best captured that spirit. The introductory essay is by Peyton Skipwith, Edward Bawden’s literary executor and a former director of the Fine Art Society.
345 × 245 mm
128 page, full cloth hardback
Over 200 colour illustrations
Designed by Webb & Webb
Limited to 1000 copies.