Ravilious in Pictures: The War Paintings.
Ravilious in Pictures
The War Paintings
The Mainstone Press 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 978 0955277740
Eric Ravilious was a landscape painter who died on active service in Iceland in 1942. Appointed by Kenneth Clark's official War Artists' Advisory Committee, which had been established to draw up 'a list of artists qualified to record the war at home and abroad 'for purposes of record and propaganda, he layered the apparatus and detritus of war over the gentle English (and sometimes Scottish) landscape he loved. Coastal defences at Newhaven and Dover, an Observation Post set above the village of Castle Hedingham in Essex, a Ship's Screw passing on a railway truck through the wintry English countryside, barrage balloons hoisted above the pillared porticos of Sheerness. And here, a mobile pigeon loft at Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire.