Monday, 30 July 2012

Ravilious and Wiltshire's White Horses- a pop up exhibition

This exhibition was held at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk
David Dawson who runs the Heritage Museum  bought some watercolours that would have featured in a Puffin book in June 2012; the book was thought to have been lost, but was recently found and sold at auction for almost £6000.
 Eric Ravilious  was 'one of the leading artists of the 1930s who captured the essence of the English landscape in his stunning watercolours, he was intruiged by white horses and hill figures'.
The book was never completed because he was sent to work as a war artist and was killed in 1942 aged 39.
I first saw an exhibition of his work in Saffron Walden last year and really liked his approach, so it was exciting to be able to see more of his work reasonably locally.
Here are some of the illustrations which hopefully will be exhibited on another occasion:
 Cerne Abbas Giant 1939
 Westbury White horse 1939
 This might be a Chalk Figure near Weymouth, Osmington Dorset.
 The Wilmington Giant, Sussex
 Train Landscape, with a white horse seen from the window.

This is the Vale of White horse at Uffington.
Almost visible the white horse at Alton Barnes on the way home from Devizes via The Barge Inn at Honey Street.
 The glorious stretch of countryside between Alton Barnes and Avebury
Swans and cygnets along the canal near Devizes.


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