Private Collection

Ravilious, Eric

(1903 – 1942)

Cottage in Sussex, c1928

Watercolour

Signed

40.5 x 46.5 cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Collection of Douglas Percy Bliss; thence by family descent

This early watercolour likely resulted from one of the cycling trips that Ravilious took with Bawden and Bliss around the Essex countryside. 

Ravilious admired the work of Cotman, Towne and Palmer which at the time were being re-discovered by his contemporaries; his own watercolours have been described, like theirs, as distilled out of the ordinary experience’. Here the soft greens of the trees are set off against the red geometric forms of the house, his romantic response to nature balanced by an emotional distance.

A similar watercolour can be seen in the collection of the British Museum. This is titled ‘Red Cottage, Essex’, and is dated 1927. 

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THE ARTIST

Ravilious, Eric

1903 – 1942

Born in London he studied at the Eastbourne School of Art and at The Royal College of Art under Paul Nash, where Edward Bawden became a close friend. Initially a muralist (none of which has survived), he became widely known for his luminous watercolours, woodcuts, lithographs ‘ notably his High Street Shops executed by the Curwen Press, (published by Country Life in 1938 in a book with a text by JM Richards, husband of Peggy Angus), ceramics for Wedgewood and graphics for London Transport, as well as glass and furniture design. Much inspired by the South Downs in East Sussex, he was a frequent visitor to Furlongs, the cottage of the artist Peggy Angus. In 1930 he married fellow artist ‘Tirzah’ Garwood, they then moved to rural Essex, at first sharing a house with the Bawdens. An official World War II artist and with a commission with the Royal Marines, he died while with an RAF air sea rescue mission to Iceland. His works are in the collections of numerous British museums and art galleries, the largest holding is at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

Selected Literature: Alan Powers, Eric Ravillious: Imagined Realities, Imperial War Museum, London, 2003.

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