Ravilious Room

** Please note that the Ravilious Room will be closed from 6 January 2019 for installation of the new Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library, opening on 26 January**

Artist and designer Eric Ravilious is renowned for some of the 20th Century’s most iconic depictions of the Sussex countryside. Since the 1930s Towner has developed one of the largest public collections of Ravilious’ work as well as extensive archive materials.

Our Ravilious Room is a dedicated space to view a selection of his finest watercolours, prints and ceramics, explore our archive and browse books on the artist.

Following their inclusion in our 12 month touring exhibition Ravilious & Co. The Pattern of Friendship, many of Towner’s Ravilious watercolours are now being given a period of rest, to protect the paintings from fading due to excessive light exposure.

The current Ravilious Room display features works by Eric Ravilious complemented by those of his contemporaries, Edward Bawden, Tirzah Garwood, Enid Marx, Douglas Percy Bliss and Peggy Angus. It also features Towner’s latest acquisition to the permanent collection Beachy Head, 1939, as well as a large selection of Ravilious’ ceramic designs for Wedgwood.

Works on display by Eric Ravilious:

  • Boy Birdnesting, 1927, wood engraving
  • Garden Path, 1934, watercolour
  • Dolly Engine, 1934, watercolour
  • Hampden Park, c.1928, watercolour
  • Enid Marx’s Studio, c.1930s, watercolour
  • Beachy Head, 1939, watercolour

Also on display:

  • Peggy Angus, Portrait of Eric Ravilious, c.1934, drawing
  • Edward Bawden, ‘The Boy’, Eric Ravilious in his Studio at Redcliffe Road, 1929, watercolour
  • Edward Bawden, Back Garden at Great Bardfield, 1933, watercolour
  • Douglas Percy Bliss, Bare Ruin’d Quires, 1944, watercolour
  • Tirzah Garwood, Orchid Hunters in Brazil, 1950, oil on canvas
  • Enid Marx, Lovers, c.1925, wood engraving
  • Enid Marx, Ride A Cock Horse from ‘A Book of Nursery Rhymes’, c.1938, wood engraving

Supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle

Image: Eric Ravilious, Beachy Head, 1939. Towner Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Monument Trust, and Eastbourne Arts Circle.

Supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle


Eastbourne Arts Circle talks look at the lives and work of great painters through the ages. For dates and info you can visit their website: eastbourneartscircle.org.uk

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