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Eric Ravilious

Eric Ravilious, 1903-1942, was debatably the most famous of the Bardfield Artists. A painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver, he was a close friend of Edward Bawden, and he and his wife lived with Bawden and his wife for around two years.

Ravilious produced illustrations for dozens of books for several presses, numerous ceramic designs for Wedgwood, and many lithographs for schemes and exhibitions in his lifetime. He is particularly well-known for his watercolours of the South Downs, and many of his works feature rural scenes, but he was also a salaried war artist during the Second World War, painting ships, airfields and planes. Indeed, it was accompanying a crew on a search mission over Reykjavík that Ravilious was lost in action.

Two of Ravilious' former homes are marked with blue plaques and his work continues to be exhibited.