Monday, August 22, 2011

Eric Ravilious: shedworker

Eric Ravilious was one of the finest British artists of the 20th century and also a caravanworker. Pictured above is his watercolour Caravans, recently bought by the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, which pictures two caravans which he used as his temporary home and studio during the peak of his career in th early 1930s. The caravans were near an isolated cottage called Furlongs at Glynde in Sussex owned by artist Peggy Angus. Ravilious visited her in 1934 and loved the area so much he bought the caravans - fever wagons used during the Boer War - as shedworking space for 15 shillings each from a local cement works. The studio one had a skylight and large window looking over Mount Caburn, and a worktable beneath the window. Sadly the caravans (which were decorated inside by his wife Tirzah) are no longer with us: they fell apart in the 1950s.
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1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of Ravilious 'shedworking', and I'm sure he would have too. There's more on Ravilious and his caravans here, if you're interested:

    http://jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.com/2010/07/familiar-visions-eric-ravilious-sussex.html

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