Eric Ravilious – January

Towards the end of last year (no, not at Christmas) I was given another Eric Ravilious calendar. Regular readers may recall my 2014 calendar which featured water colours, some from places of much relevance to me. This calendar, for 2016, is entirely different. Eric didn’t only do water colours. He did wood cuts for use as book illustrations and this year I’ll be looking at different woodcuts each month. During January I have been looking at this one.

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I was actually away from home on January 1st, but by the 2nd I had grown to love this image which was produced as a head piece to Gilbert White’s renowned book, ‘The Natural History of Selbourne’. This would have been the 1938 edition. The book itself dates from 1789 and has been in print continuously since then.

You can look forward to more Ravilious images as the year progresses.

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