Monday, March 24, 2014

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: Oxford Street for the 1953 Coronation

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Proposed Decoration Scheme for Oxford Street
Coronation, 1953
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This painting is by Edward Bawden (born Braintree 1903; died Saffron Walden, Essex 1989). The artist taught at the Royal College of Art from 1933. This design shows a perspective view of the Oxford Street frontage of the famed Selfridges department store and is meant to demonstrate the proposed decorations for the doorway and windows to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

This is one of three drawings which were made as proposals for the Coronation decoration of Selfridges' exterior. 

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