In 1932, Edward Bawden married Charlotte Epton, who had been a fellow-student at the Royal College. They had two children, Joanna and Richard, both of whom became artists. He held his first one-man show, mainly of landscapes showing the influence of Nash, at the Zwemmer Gallery in London in 1933. During World War II, he served as an Official War Artist in the British Army, travelling to Belgium, France and the Middle East. He produced mostly water colours at this point. Some of his paintings depict the unique life led by the Marsh Arabs in Southern Iraq.
It was during the late 1950's and the 1960's that he produced linocuts and lithographs for which he is best known - among them Nine London Monuments. He also produced large prints of Kew Gardens and Brighton, Liverpool Street Station, and a series on the London Markets. His later work is notable for its simplicity of line and its wit, and is representative of lino-cutting at its best. Between 1930 and 1970, Edward Bawden was an important member of the Great Bardfield Artists group of local artists. In 1951 he was appointed trustee of the Tate Gallery (1951-1958) and in 1962 he was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art.
Edward Bawden died on 21 November 1989, aged eighty-six.