Enid Marx (1902-1998) was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who, alongside her contemporaries Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, defined mid-century design. Best known for the fabrics she created for London Transport’s tube seats and the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme, Marx was the first ever female engraver to be awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry.
This exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of her death, and is the most comprehensive retrospective of her work mounted in the last 40 years. The show brings together over 150 pieces from private and public collections, many previously unseen.
Spanning seven decades, her work was extraordinarily varied, encompassing patterned paper for Curwen Press, book covers for King Penguin and the stamps for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.