Ravilious’ pictures often subvert tradition as much as echo it. His depiction of the countryside in the rain is familiar, but the low viewpoint makes the image disconcerting. This emphasises the mass of the hill and provides an unusual view of the White Horse cut into the chalk at Uffington in Berkshire, one of Britain’s most ancient sites.
The Vale of the White Horse
45.1 x 32.4 cm
Pencil and watercolour on paper
Date of work
Eric Ravilious was an accomplished painter, wood engraver and designer and is one of the most popular artists of the 1930s. Many Ravilious prints depict the countryside of south east England, as well as urban scenes of London and his experiences as a war artist during World War II. His landscapes and rural interiors often featured the downland and the coast of southern England; haunting and lyrical, these works show a world in suspense and often feature chalk hill figures and empty rooms. His design work includes posters for London Transport and coronation mugs for Wedgwood.