Ravilious is one of the major components of the Fry Gallerys collection and he was one of the most gifted artists of his generation in wood engraving.

The Kynoch Press produced an annual notebook with decorations and Ravilious was asked to design the 1933 production. He planned that every other page of the notebook should have a small engraving as a heading relating to the season of the year and so appear snowflakes, pancakes and bare trees. They are also engravings done for the Golden Cockerel Press including 'Twelfth Night'. Many were set in Great Bardfield and the surrounding Essex countryside which gives us an added interest to this acquisition.


Commissioned by the Kynoch Press, 1932; Kynoch Press employee, 1981; private dealer; Bonhams, 2003; Simon Hilton Ltd.

Fry Art Gallery

19a Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1BD
01799 513 779

Opening times

The Fry Art Gallery re-opens on the 6th April 2019

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