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Destroyers Art Print by Eric Ravilious


'Destroyers' is one of Ravilious' war time paintings produced during his time as official was artist. In this war time painting we see two huge war ships lying at anchor in a harbour, probably in Iceland. The one in the foreground has camoflage painted upon it's hull. This night time scene has beautiful blues, ochres and oranges and typically for Ravilious, no figures feature in the composition at all. These elegant ships exude a quiet majesty. 

In 1940 Eric took on his role as Official War Artist becoming one of the finest and most prolific war painters of his generation before his death while on active duty during World War Two. Somehow Ravillious manages to infuse the watercolour HMS Glorious in the Arctic with charm and tranquility – more pleasure cruiser than vessel of destruction, while planes glide gaily overhead in an exquisite composition of deceptive simplicity. Or his painting Dangerous Work at Low Tide, 1940, depicting naval officers at the oyster beds in Whitstable, Kent, on a mission to defuse a German mine. Ravilious's soft pastel colours, cartoon-like figures, tranquil tide pools and sky, can't help but also defuse the apparent danger or threat.


We specialise in producing high quality reproduction prints of over fifty Eric Ravilious watercolours. Each is carefully proofed to ensure that they are as faithful to the original painting as possible and digitally printed using state of the art digital Giclee technology using hand-made archival papers and lightfast inks. Our in-house framing studio offers a high-quality bespoke framing service using environmentally sustainable oak and ash frames. Each print is produced in a Limited Edition of 650, hand numbered and supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. Bestselling Ravillious fine art prints include the stunning 'Chalk Paths' along with 'Strawberry Nets', Beachy Head Lighthouse', 'Newhaven Harbour' in East Sussex and also his popular pair of watercolour paintings 'Train Landscape' and 'Westbury Horse' set in Wiltshire. Our limited editions are available either framed or unframed according to preference. 

Destroyers Art Print by Eric Ravilious

  • Paper Size: 64 x 50cm

    Image Size:  54 x 40cm

    Frame Size:  69 x 55cm (Approx)

    Print Details: Giclee Print on 310gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching paper, hand-numbered, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

    Edition Size: Limited Edition Print run of 650

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