‘Caravans’ Eric Ravilious, watercolour, 1936.
‘He certainly had a soft spot for old wooden vehicles – a legacy perhaps of his family’s involvement in coachbuilding. In Sussex he discovered a pair of abandoned Boer War fever waggons, and had them towed up the lane to Furlongs. ‘We got a man to mend them inside,’ reported Tirzah [Garwood – married to Eric Ravilious], ‘and fit one up for a bedroom and the other for a living room and I nailed new canvas over the top of them and painted them green with red wheels.’
James Russell is an art historian, curator and author with a special interest in 20th/21st century British artists, and has published a number of books on the art of Eric Ravilious, including Ravilious, Ravilious in Pictures 1: Sussex and the Downs, Ravilious in Pictures 2: The War Paintings, Ravilious in Pictures 3: A Country Life, Ravilious in Pictures 4: A Travelling Artist, and Ravilious: Submarine, the last five of which are published by the Mainstone Press. James can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and also presides over a rather good blog.