Eric Ravilious War Artist (1903 - 1942)

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Tirzah Garwood married Eric Ravilious in Kensington in July 1930

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Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was a British painter, illustrator, wood-engraver, designer and lithographer. One of the most popular artists of the 1930s, Ravilious specialised in watercolours of the English countryside, before his death whilst serving as a war artist in World War II. Ravilious grew up in Sussex and after attending Eastbourne School of Art, went on to study in the Design School at the Royal College of Art. In Ravilious’ landscapes of Sussex and other parts of England, he depicts wide, open spaces devoid of people, but as a modernist artist, he alludes to human impact through the roads, trains and fences of his compositions. Ravilious also captured everyday scenes from English provincial life. He was was a skilled wood engraver, his illustrations in this medium make striking use of strong tonal contrast which can be detected throughout his body of work. Following the war, Ravilious’ art was almost forgotten, with his mural at Waterloo bombed and many of his war paintings either censored or sunk at sea. But almost 50 years later, his daughter found a hoard of unknown artworks and made efforts to resurrect Ravilious’ career.
Whilst serving as a war artist, he was sent to Iceland and died in a plane crash. Why have I added this to my website. Well he did a lot of his war work in and around the south of England with sea scapes of Newhaven, its docks and its fort on the hill to Wiltshire scenes of white horses & railways, aircraft flying from training stations to Scottish scenes of Supermarine Walrus planes and I think an aircraft carrier blowing up.
He was the first British war artist to die on active service in World War II when the aircraft he was in was lost off Iceland.

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Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War.

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Eric Ravilious.

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Tirzah Garwood 1908 – 1951.

Eric Ravilious War Artist (1903 - 1942)

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Eric Ravilious a collection of 127 of his art work.

Eric Ravilious War Artist (1903 - 1942)

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South Downs or Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. It could be either. -------------------------- Elementary Flying Training School.

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Eric Ravilious War Artist (1903 - 1942)

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Just two of his works.