Born in 1903, Ravilious was an English painter, illustrator and printmaker.
Ravilious attended the Royal College of Art, where he studied under Paul Nash. He began his working life as a muralist, first coming to notice as an artist in 1924. He went on to become one of the best-known artists of the 1930s. He was also the leading light of wood-engraving in England at that time, and undertook ceramic designs for Wedgwood. For much of his life, he lived in Eastbourne, where he is commemorated by a Blue Plaque on the wall of his childhood home.
Just published... "Eric Ravilious: The Story Of High Street"
Seventy years ago Country Life Books published High Street, a children's book of shops, featuring twenty-four exquisite lithographs by the English artist Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). Although the book was not a limited edition, the destruction of the lithographic plates during the Blitz meant that only 2000 copies were ever printed. Subsequently High Street has become one of the most highly-prized artist's books of its time.
In this context the Mainstone Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Story of High Street. This new limited edition includes not only the original shop fronts and text of High Street but also two extensive essays and an eclectic range of illustrations, preparatory drawings and sketches, many of them published for the first time.
Eric Ravilious' Online Gallery
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