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Eric Ravilious (1903-1942):
'Fire Engineer - 'High Street', 1938
Unmounted (ref: 4559)
Original 1938 lithograph, full sheet
9 x 6 in. (23 x 15cm)
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Provenance: The Artist's Estate; Private collection
First published in 1938, this classic book introduces the British high street, pairing the timeless illustrations of beloved artist Eric Ravilious with an engaging text by architectural historian J. M. Richards. Shops include the family butcher, the cheesemonger, the knife grinder, and the oyster bar. Only 2,000 copies of the original book were printed before the lithographic plates were destroyed in the London Blitz during World War II. As a result, it has become one of the most collectible of all artist’s books from this period.