In the introduction to his 1983 book, Eric Ravilious: Memoir of an Artist, Richard Morphet wrote that Ravilious has always been appreciated and enjoyed, but as time passes it becomes increasingly clearer that his stature was greater than had been admitted.
Two scrapbook albums compiled by Eric Ravilious by Eric Ravilious, c. 19161939
© The artists' estate
- Pencil drawings, watercolour sketches & prints
- Each 22 x 30 x 10 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £7,500 ( Total: £40,000)
- Acquired in:
- confidential vendor
A painter, illustrator and designer whose works were by turns humorous and meditative, the Sussex-born artist had established himself as one of Britains leading artist-designers before his career was tragically cut short when an aircraft he was in crashed while he was serving as a war artist. These two scrapbooks one a traditional scrapbook containing works by Ravilious, his wife Eileen Lucy Tirzah Ravilious and friend Edward Bawden, the other a collection of printers proofs provide a fascinating insight into Raviliouss working methods, revealing how he married art with design and commercial interests. The material ranges from watercolours painted by him aged 13 to final pre-production proofs of works created late in the artists career. The Fry Art Gallery has a growing collection of artists scrapbooks, including examples from Bawden and his fellow Great Bardfield artist Marianne Straub. Along with Bawden, Ravilious is one of the two key artists in the gallerys North West Essex collection, and the ephemera, preparatory drawings and finished works contained within these albums give unparalleled insights into the work of this major 20th-century artist.
By descent through the artists family.
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