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  • Country Walks
    Ravilious, Eric, born 1903 - died 1942
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Country Walks

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1935-1936 (made)
    1936 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ravilious, Eric, born 1903 - died 1942 (artist)
    Ravilious, Eric, born 1903 - died 1942 (made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood-engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 93, box A

Physical description

Two images printed together as one proof. On the left a cow and a bull in a field, separated by a stone wall, with a shaped top and right side border cerated by trees; on the right a horse standing next to a mill stream, with watermill (based on Hull's Mill, Castle Hedingham) in the background, the forest behind marking out the shape of the top and side borders.

Place of Origin

London (made)
United Kingdom (made)


1935-1936 (made)
1936 (published)


Ravilious, Eric, born 1903 - died 1942 (artist)
Ravilious, Eric, born 1903 - died 1942 (made by)

Materials and Techniques

Wood-engraving on paper


Height: 9.4 cm sheet, Width: 15.2 cm sheet, Height: 4.5 cm printed area, Width: 10.5 cm printed area, Height: 4.5 cm each image, Width: 5.1 cm each image

Descriptive line

Proof for two of the covers for a series of booklets issued by London Transport to promote the Green Line coach routes entitled 'Country Walks', Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). Wood-engraving, 1936.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Harling, Robert. Notes on the wood-engravings of Eric Ravilious. London, 1946, p. 62.
Richards, J. M. The wood-engravings of Eric Ravilious. London: Lion and Unicorn Press, 1972, no. 90.
Mainstone, Tim [Ed.] Away We Go! Advertising London's Transport: Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. Norwich, The Mainstone Press, 2006.

Labels and date

Eric Ravilious made these two woodcuts for the covers of the Country Walks booklets issued by London Transport in 1936. The booklets promoted the Green Line rural coach routes. They are part of a larger initiative begun by Frank Pick in 1908 to promote London's transport through stylish design and advertising. [October 2010]
Eric Ravilious (1903-1942)


f) Proof for a bookplate for Gwyneth Lloyd Thomas. 1932
Wood engraving


Eric Ravilious had an unrivalled sense of lively decorative pattern.
This partly arose from his mastery of the principle of the reversed
out image. It entailed an organisation of design where black
silhouettes should appear against a white background and white
against a black. This principle was applied even in the small
commercial work shown here. In 1935 a contemporary wrote in
admiration of the range of his work which included a 'variety of
designs for business and miscellaneous purposes (with all the
restrictions this work often implies) which we think will rank
amongst his finest and most spontaneous achievements...'. [1995]


Printing ink; Paper


Wood-engraving (process)

Subjects depicted

Water-mill; Trees; Bull; Cow; Stream; Horse



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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