Eric Ravilious was a watercolour painter, wood engraver, designer, and muralist. He was born in
It was at the RCA that Ravilious met artist Douglas Percy Bliss, who introduced him to literature. Ravilious became inspired and went on to produce many book illustrations. After producing a series of engravings for the RCA students’ magazine, Ravilious received his first commission of thirty-four engravings for Martin Armstrong’s Desert: A Legend. In his early career he produced many wood engravings for the Golden Cockerel, Curwen and Nonesuch presses and also painted a large mural in the refectory of
Despite his skill and success as a designer, as his career progressed he started to concentrate predominantly on watercolours. He painted many landscapes of southern
These landscapes depict the tension in the countryside in the lead up to Second World War, and Ravilious became an Official War Artist in 1940. His career was sadly cut short however, as he died in 1942 whilst bserving a sea rescue mission with the Royal Air Force.