A major retrospective of work by mid-century designer Enid Marx






Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art:25 May 23 September 2018

'A designer of real independence and vision' Paul Nash

Enid Marx (1902-1998) was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who, alongside her contemporaries Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, defined mid-20th century design.

The exhibition at House of Illustration coincides with the 20th anniversary of her death and will be the most comprehensive retrospective of her work mounted in the last 40 years. It will bring together over 150 pieces from private and public collections, many displayed for the first time.

Best known for her iconic London underground fabrics, she also designed textiles for the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme and was the first ever female engraver to be awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry.

Over a career spanning seven decades her work was extraordinarily varied, also encompassing patterned paper for Curwen Press, book covers for King Penguin and the stamps for Queen Elizabeth IIs coronation.

The exhibition is co-curated by historian Dr Alan Powers, author of the first monograph on Marx (Lund Humphries).

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