English watercolourist Eric Ravilious (1903-42) travelled far and wide, but no landscape inspired him more than the chalk downs of southern England. Intrigued by the figures and white horses carved into the hills, he painted a series of pictures intended as the basis for a children's book.
The White Horses book was never produced, but his 'dummy' of the book, lost for decades, was recently been purchased by the Wiltshire Heritage Museum. James Russell’s illustrated talk will explore these paintings, teasing out stories and revisiting places that inspired this extraordinary artist. Ravilious, painter, book illustrator, designer of transfer-ware pottery and Official War Artist, is now one of the most popular artists of his period.
James Russell is the author of four books in the series Ravilious in Pictures, most recently A Travelling Artist and Paul Nash in Pictures: Landscape and Dream.
Tickets Cost £6 (£3.50 for WANHS members) and are available from the Museum shop or on-line at www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk.