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Print - Boy Birdnesting
  • Boy Birdnesting
    Ravilious, Eric, born 1903 - died 1942
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Boy Birdnesting

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    1927 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.582-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 150, box A

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was already well known as a watercolourist, mural painter, designer and printmaker before his untimely death, and it was through wood-engraving that he first became recognised as an artist. He studied under Paul Nash but also found inspiration in earlier practitioners, including Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) and 15th-century German and Flemish masters. This particular image is an alternative version of a plate illustrating April in The Twelve Moneths (sic) commissioned by Robert Gibbings for the Golden Cockerel Press. As it was not for the book, Ravilious enlarged the plate and made small variations to the composition. His strong sense of pattern and design made him one of the most successful and best-loved illustrators of his generation.

Physical description

print on paper

Date

1927 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

E. Ravilious
signature in pencil

title, price and Eric Ravilious 46 Charleston Road, Eastbourne
Maker's identification; English; on the back.

Dimensions

Height: 8.8 cm printed surface, Width: 13.2 cm printed surface, Height: 18.6 cm sheet, Width: 25 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Print, 'Boy Birdnesting', by Eric Ravilious

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

Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001

Materials

Wood engraving block; Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Birdnesting; Boy; Tree; Birds; Birds nests; Landscape; Stealing

Categories

Sport; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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