Two scrapbook albums compiled by Eric Ravilious
- Art Funded
- Each 22 x 30 x 10 cm
- 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 BritainÂ’s 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 Â– one a traditional scrapbook containing works by Ravilious, his wife Eileen Lucy Â‘TirzahÂ’ Ravilious and friend Edward Bawden, the other a collection of printerÂ’s proofs Â– provide a fascinating insight into RaviliousÂ’s 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 artistÂ’s career. The Fry Art Gallery has a growing collection of artistsÂ’ 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 galleryÂ’s 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 artistÂ’s family.