Garden Open Today, circa 1950
Unmounted (ref: 5675)
An original design for a sign,
watercolour and stencilled gouache on paper, inscribed verso 'Exhibition, Lucie Aldridge, John Aldridge',
22 x 29 in.
Bordered by brown scotch tape; some tears to edges.
Tags: John Aldridge design PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
In 1933 Aldridge moved to Great Bardfield in the Essex countryside and acquired 'Place House'. He quickly became a friend of his neighbour and fellow artist, Edward Bawden.
whose 'Brick House' was the hub of the Great Bardfield community of artists. The village hosted a series of important 'open house' exhibitions during the 1950s which garnered national press attention and attracted thousands of visitors. This 'Garden Open' design relates to one such open house event and appears to be painted on a ‘Bardfield’ wallpaper design, something which Bawden and Aldrige collaborated on during the later 1930s,