Curwen Press

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Curwen Press
FounderJohn Curwen
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Publication typessheet music, books, posters, artist's prints

The Curwen Press was founded by the Reverend John Curwen in 1863 to publish sheet music for the "tonic sol-fa" system.[1] The Press was based in Plaistow, Newham, east London, England, where Curwen was a pastor from 1844.[2] The Curwen Press, under the management of Harold Curwen, John's grandson, was at the vanguard of the design revolution that saw expression in British printing in the early 20th century.[3] Many well-known graphic artists, including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Claud Lovat Fraser, Paul Nash and Barnett Freedman worked with Curwen.[4] The Press's output included books, posters and published ephemera.

In 1977, the Tate Galley held an exhibition called Artists at Curwen: A Celebration of the Gift of Artists' Prints from the Curwen Studio.

The sheet music division became independent in the 1930 and is now an imprint of Music Sales Group.[5] Curwen Press closed in 1984; The Curwen Studio survives as an independent studio.[6]


  1. ^ Art & Print:the Curwen Story; Alan Powers; Tate Publishing;2008
  2. ^ Art & Print:the Curwen Story; Alan Powers; Tate Publishing;2008; p11
  3. ^ Design:Harold Curwen & Oliver Simon, The Curwen Press;Webb & Skipwith;Antique Collectors Club;p15
  4. ^ Artists at Curwen:Pat Gilmour: Tate Publications:London: 1977
  5. ^ Music Publishing
  6. ^ History

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