Eric Ravilious Submarines in Dry Dock 1940

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Eric Ravilious 1903–1942
Submarines in Dry Dock
Date 1940
Medium Graphite, watercolour, crayon and pastel on paper
Dimensions Support: 432 x 571 mm
Acquisition Presented by the War Artists Advisory Committee 1946
Not on display

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Ravilious studied at the Royal College of Art, where he was taught by Paul Nash and became close friends with Edward Bawden. He went on to produce designs for Wedgwood and Stuart Crystal and advertisements for London Transport.
Ravilious was attached to the Admiralty with the honorary rank of Captain, Royal Marines from February 1940. Submarines in Dry Dock was probably painted at Chatham or Sheerness where he spent much of the first two months of his service as a war artist. Midnight Sun was painted shortly after, on a trip to Norway in a destroyer.

September 2004

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