Romantic, Nationalistic and Nostalgic: the art of Eric Ravilious

Wednesday 6 June 2018


The Talk

Ravilious (1903 – 42) was a painter, designer, book illustrator and wood-engraver. He grew up in East Sussex, and is best known for his watercolours and prints which examine English landscape and vernacular subjects with an original, modernist clarity. He served as a WW2 artist, and died when the aircraft he was in was lost at sea.

This illustrated talk will present Ravilious’ prolific, yet short, career in the context of how ‘fine’ and ‘applied’ art are critically regarded, and give an overview of this popular artist’s work, much inspired by the Sussex Downland.

The Speaker

Janet Sinclair is an art historian, curator and lecturer, a graduate of the Courtauld Institute and the Barber Institute, Birmingham, where she researched the history of British collectors and taught for many years. She has also held senior management posts at significant heritage sites including West Dean, Stansted Park and Petworth in Sussex. Janet is a member of the Attingham Society, the Courtauld Association and ICOM, and is living in and restoring a Georgian cottage. She is also an Adult Education tutor with the WEA, a visiting lecturer at West Dean, and serves on the panel of the South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund as an independent member contributing heritage, conservation and sustainable tourism expertise.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Please bring suitable warm outdoor clothing and as part of this talk may take place outside.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £10 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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