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Enid Marx
Enid Marx

Enid Marx

The Pleasures of Pattern


176 Pages, 8.75 x 10.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $79.99 (US $79.99) (CA $107.99)

Publication Date: June 2018

ISBN 9781848222526

Rights: US, CA & CN

Lund Humphries (Jun 2018)

Price: $79.99


This is the first monograph on the work of Enid Marx (1902–1998), a leading artist, designer, collector and writer, who played an important role in British cultural life in the second half of the twentieth century. Marx was a leading designer in the first generation to make a distinctive contribution to the growing practice of industrial design in Britain. Her design work, much of it anonymous, including wartime utility fabrics, book illustration and cover patterns, tube train seat fabric and postage stamps, was, in its time, ubiquitous in British public life. As a whole, it remains utterly emblematic of post-war popular visual culture. Drawing on a wealth of research and thoroughly illustrated with high-quality reproductions – many previously unpublished – Alan Powers' account adds considerably to the existing literature available on Enid Marx and reveals an artist whose work was perfectly poised at the intersection of traditional craft and abstract modernity.

Author Biography

Alan Powers was Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich until 2012. His books include Britain in the series Modern Architectures in History (2007), Curwen: Art and Print (2008), Eric Ravilious: Artist and Designer (Lund Humphries, 2013) and Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator (Lund Humphries, 2016).