Hardback176 PagesSize: 260 × 220 mm
146 colour illustrations and 34 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222526Publication: June 01, 2018

Enid Marx

The Pleasures of Pattern

Alan Powers


  • The first monograph on the work of important British artist-designer Enid Marx (1902–1998)
  • Highly illustrated with high-quality reproductions which include Marx's textiles, woodcuts and book illustrations 
  • Published to coincide with the launch of the exhibition Ravilious and Co.: The Pattern of Friendship at Compton Verney (17th March to 9th June 2018)


Enid Marx (1902–1998) was a leading artist and designer, collector and writer, who played an important role in British cultural life in the mid twentieth century. Associated with Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden in the ‘outbreak of talent’ at the Royal College of Art in the 1920s, she excelled as a designer and printer of hand-blocked fabrics before branching into industrial woven patterns for London Underground and the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme.

After making a significant contribution to book illustration, she went on to design postage stamps and patterns for laminates, becoming a Royal Designer for Industry and an advocate for better design training and industrial patronage. In parallel, with her friend the historian Margaret Lambert, she formed a collection of ‘Popular Art’, which was bequeathed to Compton Verney in Warwickshire, where it is an increasingly popular attraction.

Alan Powers has selected words and images from Marx’s extensive archive to create a rounded picture of her distinctive achievement. High-quality reproductions of a wide variety of designs illuminate Marx’s versatility, high
spirits and reconciliation of modernity and tradition through a rare gift for pattern making.

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