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18th June 2024

In the mid-1920s, Enid Marx (1902-1998) spent a year working for Barron and Larcher. She  signed 'a rather stiff  agreement' that she would not take notes on dye recipes and workshop procedures, so she would memorise them and rush home to write them out. As Alan Powers writes in his book, in 1927 she launched her independent career as a textile printer, cutting her own blocks, and developing her modernist style with ingenious combinations, overlays and colourways. This is 'Rope' (c1935, V&A), and we have used one of her designs on the endpapers of The Hopkins Manuscript 


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