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James Russell is an art historian and curator specialising in Modern and Contemporary art and design. Eric Ravilious the Title page for his famous book The High street published by Country Life in 1938. illustrated, 4to, dark blue cloth, paper title label mounted on upper cover, silver gilt spine title, paper-covered slipcase.

Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), artist, designer and wood-engraver, produced his first lithograph in 1936 entitled 'Newhaven Harbour', which was printed by the Curwen Press. Profusely illustrated throughout, mostly in colour, including reproductions of all 24 plates from the original edition of "High Street". These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.Ravilious had initially proposed it to the Golden Cockerel Press, with whom he had previously worked, but they were unable to undertake such an ambitious project whereas Curwen's great interest in the area of lithography saw them subsidise the project. the smell of the oil-and-colourman's… You could range the gamut of the human nose from pungent to mawkish.

And Ravilious seems to have gone out of his way to find some extraordinary examples that celebrated their individuality through the most amazing window displays. Although the book was not a limited edition, the destruction of the lithographic plates during the Blitz meant that only 2000 copies were ever printed. The logic of this attitude, played out over the subsequent decades, has brought us to a crisis point. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit.Contains 100 printed pages of text featuring all 24 of Ravilious's illustrations in exquisite colour and includes an essay by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Notoriously hard to find in decent condition, as the publisher's pictorial boards are so fragile, and virtually unknown in its glassine complete with flaps. He quickly mastered the technical skills to achieve a wider range of colours in his lithographs than the four ink colours used, by overprinting transparent inks. His works captures an England changing from the certainties of the early 20th century through to the upheavals and modernisation of the country as the Second World War broke out. These original lithographs were printed at The Curwen Press in 1938 (not to be confused with the modern digital/giclée reproductions in circulation).

Only 2000 copies printed as the lithographic plates were destroyed during the Blitz (according to Mainstone Press, who published a limited edition facsimile with essays and further illustrations in 2008). copies of the book were printed, and doubtless more would have followed, but unfortunately the world had other ideas, with the original lithographic plates being destroyed in the blitz, which resulted in the original editions becoming extremely sought after. If you need one more excuse to own this book: At the time of publication, only 2000 copies were produced, and sadly the lithographic plates were destroyed during WWII. I won't say it was worth the wait, as somebody should have resurrected this lost classic decades ago, but as soon as I got my copy it was clear that we'd been missing something special for a very long time. Due to the scarcity of the book and the increased interest in Ravilious' work, the High Street book is generally sold in its entire published form.

Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) was an English artist working as a watercolourist, print maker, wood cutter, designer and book illustrator in between the wars England. It was one of their earliest published designs, drawn while they were still students at the Royal College of Art.

He made detailed annotated sketches on the spot, from which he later drew edited versions with simple, incisive pencil lines, and eventually transferred them to lithographic plates. Some traders transferred their allegiance to the new labour-saving devices, like washing-machines, while others responded to the explosion of interest in home decoration and gardening that accompanied interwar suburban expansion. Small bump to bottom corner of front cover, otherwise fine in fine card slipcase (apparently most copies were issued without the slipcase).M. Richards, was eventually published by Noel Carrington, brother of the artist Dora Carrington and editor at Country Life Books. Yet, as Richards makes clear, change was already altering the appearance of the high street when the book was published, and this is confirmed by an observant chronicler of London life in the mid 1930s, Thomas Burke. This beautiful facsimile edition features all 24 of Ravilious's colour illustrations, and includes an essay by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, that sets the book in its historical context.

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