Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942)

Floods at Lewes

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Floods at Lewes, c. 1935 
Watercolour, bodycolour and pencil
Signed lower right


Height – 46cm x Width – 58cm


Purchased by Lady Sempill in 1936, thence by descent
During the years 1934-35, Eric Ravilious was a frequent visitor at Furlongs, a cottage on the South Downs rented by Peggy Angus, which was situated between Lewes and Easbourne. Helen Binyon, who often accompanied Ravilious on these trips, recalled how, The spaciousness and breadth of views of land and of skies excited him‚Ķand he felt he had come to his own country, though he had never before been to this particular stretch of the South Downs, with Mount Caburn to the north and Firle Beacon to the east’ (Helen Binyon, Eric Ravilious: Memoir of an Artist, Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1983, p.64).
Exhibited: ‘Eric Ravilious; An Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings’, The Zwemmer Gallery, London, 1936

‘Eric Ravilious: An Exhibition of watercolours, wood engravings, illustrations and designs’, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1958 

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Eric Ravilious
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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Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942)

Tirzah on a cockerel, 1931


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Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942)

Thomas Thrave, Undertaker, 1938


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Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942)

Design for The Curwen Press News-Letter, number 6


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Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942)

‘Fire Engineer – ‘High Street’, 1938