Learn about Eric Ravilious

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was an artist, designer and book illustrator. He studied at Eastbourne and Brighton Schools of Art and the Royal College of Art. Most of his work was in printmaking and book illustrating, but in 1936 he was commisioned by Wedgwood to make a series of designs for Wedgwood. Most of his work for Wedgwood was in tableware and the designs included the children's "Alphabet" set and "Garden" (both in 1937) and "Garden Implements" and "Persephone" (both in 1938). He desinged the Wedgwood Coronation mugs for Edward VIII (never issued) and George VI (1937) and this latter design was reissued for the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. His last design for Wedgwood was in 1940. In 1941 Eric Ravilious was appointed an official war artist, and he died in active service the following year while taking part in an air-sea rescue off the coast of iceland.
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Wedgwood 'Garden' dinner setting for eight persons by Eric Ravilious comprising twelve main plates, eight cup saucer plate sets having four extra plates, five shallow bowls, six entree plates, three side plates, two vegetable tureens (one with lid)

Wedgwood set of six 'Travel' plates by Eric Ravilious circa 1930, with a printed central medallion of a steam train. Condition good to fair, wear to the bases, chip to one diameter 23 cm

Wedgwood Queens Ware Taurus, the bull figure modelled by a Machin transfer printed zodiac pattern by E Ravilious c1945, impressed and printed marks, 41 cm. Length

Bowl Wedgwood 1975 limited edition 'The boat Race bowl' Eric Ravilious diameter 31 cm

A Wedgwood mug designed by Eric Ravilious and three other Wedgwood designer mugs, circa 1950