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MichaelBully
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« on: February 09, 2015, 21:41:44 PM »

Last night heard this Radio 3 feature about Eric Ravilious. Had never heard of him before but was totally intrigued .
Always interesting to hear how a radio programme deals with a visual artist.
Must return to  the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne which holds some of his work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b051cd5g
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 08:33:05 AM »

Never heard of him either, so I had to look at some of his work. Looked like he changed his style fairly frequently, some of his wartime stuff was good.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 09:03:27 AM »

He spent a few months at Newhaven and there are several paintings of the fort & port. His nephew runs the website and kindly copied me some personal letters for Newhaven Museum about his time there. My favourite is shown here, a little bit of artistic licence as using the harbour logs there was only time that 5 MLs sailed  during his stay and that was daytime

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 16:06:31 PM »

Never heard of Eric Ravilious? Perhaps his fame does not spread much beyond Eastbourne. During WW2 he became a war artist but was lost on a flight from RAF Kaldadarnes. Three aircraft went to search for a Lockheed Hudson aircraft which had failed to return from a patrol. He joined one of them but his aircraft also failed to return. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 18:06:24 PM »

I've always appreciated Ravilious for his book illustrations. Anyone who's ever handled a copy of Wisden will know his work!
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2015, 11:48:12 AM »

An exhibition of Eric Ravilious's  is now on at  Dulwich Picture Gallery.


http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/april/ravilious/

"The first major exhibition to survey watercolours by celebrated British artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42). Well known for his iconic work for Wedgwood, Ravilious is widely considered one of the key figures in mid-20th century British design but he was also one of the finest watercolourists of the century.

His astonishingly prolific career spanned peace and war. With the outbreak of World War II Ravilious was assigned to the Royal Navy as one of the first Official War Artists finding new ways to capture and preserve the fleeting record of passing time.

Over 80 watercolours will be on display - including famous works like Train Landscape and Westbury Horse as well as rarely seen works from private collections providing an inspiring look at his work between the mid-1920s and his death in 1942. Said to be inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock Ravilious' images rarely contain figures and yet his shadowy interiors and strange perspectives often create a sense of human presence.

Although he died at the age of only 39, Ravilious was largely responsible for the revival of English watercolour painting. He started out under the tutelage of Paul Nash at the Royal College of Art and although hugely versatile it was painting that Ravilious saw as his true vocation; it was this work that he exhibited, and he cared deeply about its reception by fellow artists like Moore and John Piper.

The exhibition is curated by James Russell, a leading specialist on Eric Ravilious whose books on the artist include the popular series Ravilious in Pictures (2009-12)."
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2015, 22:45:08 PM »

Was listening to Radio 3 this evening. The special on Eric Ravillous was repeated. Hopefully will be on BBC I player.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b051cd5g
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2016, 22:36:01 PM »

His son James Ravilious became a very good photographer. He was born in Eastbourne and his work is very sought after.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2016, 21:20:40 PM »


Found this article from PressReader.Com concerning the last flight of Eric Ravilious. The daughter of the pilot, Fl. Lt Alfred Culver , who was only eight weeks old when her father perished with Ravilious on board on 2nd September 1942, is interviewed.

http://www.pressreader.com/uk/kent-messenger-maidstone/20141128/283171491844411/TextView


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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2016, 21:55:35 PM »

Eric William Ravilious

Name:   Captain Eric William Ravilious
Birth Date:   22 Jul 1903
Birth Place:   Acton, Greater London, England
Death Date:   2 Sep 1942
Death Place:   Iceland 
Cemetery:   Chatham Naval Memorial

Probate;- Of Ironbridge Farm, Shalford, Essex. Died 2.9.1942 on war service. Admin, with Will, to Eileen Lucy Ravilious, widow(his wife). Effects £276. (they were married 1930 Kensington)
In 1933 they were living at 48 Upper Mall, Hammersmith.

Was the patrol over Iceland?? “During WWII, Ravilious was an official war artist. He received a commission as a Captain in the Royal Marines. He died in 1942 in an air-sea rescue mission off Iceland.”

In 1911 with parents Frank & Emma & 2 elder siblings. At 11 Glynde Avenue Hampden Park Eastbourne. Father was an Antique Dealer.

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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2016, 14:39:42 PM »

Just seen that there is an exhibition of Eric Ravilious' work at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, which ends on 22nd January 2017.

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/ravilious-room/

Quote from the above webpage.

" Ravilious Room

Towner holds one of the largest public collections of works by Sussex artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). Our permanent Ravilious Room is a dedicated space to admire a selection of his finest watercolours, prints and ceramics, explore our comprehensive archive and browse books on the artist.

To accompany our exhibition Towards Night, the latest display draws on nocturnal themes and echos the world of wonderment explored in the exhibition. This display features many wood engravings by Ravilious and includes his illustrations of the signs of the zodiac for the 1929 Lanston Almanack.

The room features specially commissioned cabinets to view and enjoy the Ravilious archive. Copies of the wide range of Ravilious books will also be available for you to read."
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