Edward Bawden CBE RA (1903–1989) was one of the most significant artists of his time. His long career spanned much of of the twentieth century, and comfortably straddled boundaries between the fine and applied arts. In 1922 he entered the Royal College on the same day as Eric Ravilious who remained a friend for life. They had the good fortune to be taught by Paul Nash. During the following decade he designed wallpapers for the Curwen Press, tiles for Poole Potteries and posters for the Underground. His work was inspired by nature, often with a hint of the mythical and mischievous humour as is evident in his ‘Wave’ wallpaper.