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Ship's Screw on a Railway Truck Watercolour Painting by Eric Ravilious


When Eric Ravilious was appointed as an official war artist he was dispatched to Chatham Dockyard in Kent. He had an eye for intriguing objects and explored the furthest reaches of the yard for his subjects. This ship's propeller or 'ship's screw' glows gold against the grey, snowy backdrop of Chatham Dockyard in Kent. Like many Eric Ravilious paintings, the scene is devoid of people and yet we can see their footprints in the snow as evidence of their recent presence. Ravilious painted this waterwhile while on commission as Official War Artist during the second world war before his untimely death at the age of 39. This Limited Edition Art Print is hand signed and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. 


Eric Ravilious 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. He produced a vast body of work which included book jackets, poster designs for London Transport, furniture and glass designs plus ceramic designs for Wedgewood. He also found time to teach part-time at the Royal College of Art. Ravilious was very successful during his lifetime, becoming one of the most popular artists of the 1930s. 


'Ship's Screw' in one of our lesser known Ravillious paintings. Others include 'Searchlight at Dusk' also painted during the war and 'Paddle Steamers at Bristol Quay' along with 'Thames at Hammersmith'.


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Ship's Screw Print by Eric Ravilious

  • Paper Size: 65 x 53.3cm

    Image Size:  55 x 43.3cm

    Frame Size:  69 x 59cm (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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