Marx-Lambert Collection

Enid Marx (1902-1998) was one of the brightest design stars to emerge from the Design School of London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) during the interwar years. She was an author and illustrator of children’s books, a book designer, a printmaker, a textile designer and a painter.

The Marx-Lambert collection at Compton Verney features both work produced by Marx and a large number of pieces of folk or popular art which were collected by Marx and her friend Margaret Lambert (1906-95). These then inspired Marx’s own work -sometimes directly, as seen in the pair of ceramic wall-mounted cornucopia cases which inspired her ‘Cornucopia’ textile design.

This collection under went a re-display which was revealed in March 2013.  This re-display has enabled us to improve the display of the works in the Marx-Lambert Collection and improve the interpretation to celebrate Enid Marx’s important contribution to the history of design.  This re-display was supported by grants from from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund and the Clothworker’s Foundation.

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