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Limited Edition Eric Ravillious Prints - Trade Customers

We offer an extensive range of high-quality Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of many of Eric Ravilious's most iconic watercolour paintings. We supply many trade customers around the UK, Europe and beyond including picture framers, art galleries, museums, gift shops and more. We can provide our limited edition prints either framed or unframed as required. Best selling prints include 'Wilmington Giant', 'Chalk Paths', 'Newt Pond', his 'Wet Afternoon' painting and 'Leaving Scapa Flow' watercolours. Each print is produced using the digital giclee process on a heavyweight fine art paper. Each art print is hand numbered and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. If you would like a copy of our trade price list please email info@ericraviliousprints.com for more information. 

Ravillious was unarguably one of the greatest watercolourist painters of the 20th Century, best-loved for his paintings of famous English landmarks like the Westbury Horse, Beachy Head and the Long Man of Wilmington in his native Sussex. He was a chronicler of mid-century British life, whose subject matter is now seen as the epitome of traditional Englishness – a cream tea on the lawn, cricket on the green, and keeping the home fires burning through the dark days of the second world war.

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.

 

To decipher Eric Ravilious's unique painting style, one must look to his background and character. Ravillious was known as an affable personality who loved dancing and japes, and was always whistling. He had an "extraordinary Pan-like charm", according to his artist friend, John Lake. Artist Edward Bawden, a lifelong friend he met at the Royal College of Art where they both trained in the 1930s, called him "the Boy" because of his youthful vigour.

 

He went into the design department at the RCA, which shaped him as an outstanding decorative designer and wood-engraver. His teacher at the Royal College of Art, Paul Nash had been a war artist in World War One. He would go on to become one of his greatest artistic influences. Struggling to make ends meet, it was his commercial work, such as his Wedgwood commemorative china for Edward VIII, George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. He also designed jackets for books, magazines and a long run of covers for Wisden, the "bible of cricket". 

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