Eric Ravilious (1903-42)

Eric William Ravilious was born in west London and trained at the Eastbourne School of Art, winning a scholarship to the Royal College in l922. He studied engraving, illustration, colour printing and mural painting. Ravilious was introduced to Tom Wedgwood in about l935 by Lady Cecilia Sempill, and worked for the Wedgwood firm between l936 and l940. His first design to go into production was the commemorative mug originally produced for the Coronation of Edward VIII, and adapted for that of George VI (in l937).

His work for Wedgwood not only included these designs for commemorative wares, but also incorporated patterns for dinner and tea ware, lemonade sets and nurseryware. Because of War time restrictions on the produce of decorated ware, many of his designs were not put into production in any quantities until the l950's. In l940, Ravilious was made an Official War Artist, but was lost on active service in l942.


Eric Ravilious, © Wedgwood Museum

Eric Ravilious
© Wedgwood Museum

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