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Eric Ravilious

Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was a British painter, printmaker and designer who was part of group of artists who moved to Great Bardfield, Essex in the early 1930s.

His landscapes of the South Downs are among his best known works but he also worked as a pattern designer for the Wedgwood firm between 1936-40. During the Second World War, he became an Official War Artist and died observing a sea rescue mission in 1942.


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Call for lost watercolours of Eric Ravilious as work begins on definitive catalogue

10 January 2018

An appeal to find the ‘lost’ watercolours of modern British artist Eric Ravilious (1903-42) launched this week.

Eric Ravilious watercolour at Sworders

Ravilious watercolour makes £85,000 at Sworders

13 April 2016

A watercolour by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) drew serious bidding at Sworders this week, overtaking a £40,000-60,000 estimate before it was knocked down at £85,000.

Eric Ravilious watercolour at Sworders

Ravilious watercolour leads Sworders’ dedicated Modern British art auction

24 March 2016

An Eric Ravilious (1903-42) watercolour has emerged at Sworders of Essex and will be among the star lots at their first dedicated Modern British Art sale next month.

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Rediscovered Ravilious sets new record at £265,000

03 October 2014

When Ann Ullmann, the daughter of Eric Ravilious (1903-42), visited J.S. Auctions’ newly refurbished salerooms in Banbury in August, she declared herself delighted to see this previously unknown 16 x 20in (41 x 52cm) watercolour, above, by her father for the first time.

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Ravilious high and dry at £76,000

18 April 2006

Works by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) are only very occasionally seen on the market. So when this evocative watercolour Salt Marsh was offered at Sworders (15% buyer’s premium) sale in Stansted Mountfitchet on April 11 it attracted at least seven interested parties.

Wedgwood Ravilious Coronation mug

14 January 2004

Following the £620 sale of three Wedgwood Ravilious Coronation mugs in November, Tom Delaney of Mallams in Cheltenham recalled seeing a similar mug in a local house – this much rarer example transfer printed with a brick kiln together with a silhouette portrait of Stoke-on-Trent’s most famous son and the inscription Josiah Wedgwood Barlaston 1940 Etruria 1730.

Coming up... Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) watercolour, Hull’s Mill

16 September 2003

If the forthcoming 20/21 British Art Fair at the Commonwealth Institute proves as successful as many dealers are hoping, there will be no shortage of competition for this signed and inscribed Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) watercolour, right, Hull’s Mill, coming up for sale at the Stansted Mountfichet rooms of Sworders (15% buyer’s premium) on October 21.