Saturday, 3 November 2012

An Explosive Print du Jour

Our explosive Print du Jour is Eric Ravilious' Fireworks, a chromolithograph published in  J. M. Richard’s and Eric Ravilious’ High Street by Country Life Books in 1938.

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was an English painter, wood-engraver and designer. He was born in Acton and was educated at Eastbourne School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art (1922–1925), where he was taught by Paul Nash and became close friends with Edward Bawden. He began teaching part-time at Eastbourne School of Art in 1925 and later that year was elected to the Society of Wood Engravers, having been proposed by Paul Nash. After leaving the RCA, he became a master of wood engraving and illustrated numerous books and produced patterned papers for the Curwen Press. In the 1930s he began painting larger compositions in a wider range of colour, and this led him to use lithography to illustrate High Street (1938). Later as a War Artist he produced a series of lithographs of submarines.

Please visit our website to see more of our extensive collection of Ravilious prints.

Have a great Guy Fawkes Night!!

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