Caravans by Eric Ravilious

Ravilious bought these two caravans which were originally used as fever wagons in the Boer War and had them towed to a site on the South Downs.


Pencil & watercolour
43 x 56 cm
Art Fund grant:
£38,000 ( Total: £60,000)
Acquired in:
Private collection

Ravilious and his wife lived in one caravan and used the other as a studio, both of which were concealed in bushes to avoid upsetting the landowner. This watercolour is a good example of Ravilious ‘mark-making’ and dry brushwork which is a reflection of the season. There is a sense of modernity about the picture and the abstract shapes make this stylistically unlike the other work in the Fry collection.


Zwemmer Gallery, London, 1936; private collection; by descent. Sold through Art and Antiques Appraisals Ltd.

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Fry Art Gallery 19a Castle Street, SAFFRON WALDEN Essex CB10 1BD 01799 513 779

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