Ravilious, Eric

(1903 – 1942)

Wallpaper Design: Butterball Crab Apples on a Plate, circa 1924

£120.00

Printed on premium toll coated non-woven wallpaper
10 m x 52 cm per roll

100 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Given by Eric Ravilious to Douglas Percy Bliss in 1924/5

Exhibited: Sanctuary, Artist-Gardeners, 1919-39, Garden Museum, London, 25th February – 5 April, 2020
Literature: Christopher Woodward, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919–1939, published by Liss Llewellyn, 2020.

This is the only design that Ravilious ever produced specifically for wallpaper. It was made during the time he was a student at the Royal College of Art and gifted to his fellow artist Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984) in 1924. Together with Edward Bawden, these three artists lived and exhibited with one another; they exchanged ideas and techniques, and made pilgrimages to sites such as ‘Rat Abbey’ – Samuel Palmer’s run-down cottage in Shoreham – in order to study the local countryside. They were inseparable.

This design has only recently been unearthed having remained for the best part of 100 years, unrecorded, in Bliss’s studio.

The design is printed on premium toll coated non-woven wallpaper. The roll length is 10m x 52 cm, add the price of the wallpaper is £120 per roll. Postage costs will apply, but there will be free delivery on orders of 5 rolls or more.

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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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