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James Ravilious Photographs

Prints by James Ravilious: Photographer James Ravilious was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, second son of renowned painter and printmaker Eric Ravilious, a connection, however, which he never wished to exploit – so much so that when enrolling at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, he assumed a different surname. Here, nevertheless, he was taught painting and drawing, and here too he met Robin Whistler (daughter of the poet and glass-engraver Laurence Whistler). After his training the couple moved to a cottage in Devon where they had two children, Ben and Ella. 

Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ravilious took up photography. His work was soon spotted by John Lane, Director of the Beaford Archive, and in the early 1970’s Ravilious was contracted by Lane to document rural Devonian life – its communities, farms and countryside. And this he did, for the following twenty or so years.

Alan Bennett has suggested that Ravilious’ work is heir ‘to a very English tradition of photography’, a tradition which includes within it the documentary photographs of Humphrey Spender and Bert Hardy. The epithet ‘English’ is difficult to define, but it can be applied not only because Ravilious photographs content of a peculiarly English type – the landscapes, climate, lanes, the people and the traditions - but because he captures a certain dignity and a reticence in his subjects, qualities often associated with an Englishness of an earlier era. Yet there is no nostalgia, no looking back to this earlier time. Nor does he indulge in the picturesque or the sentimental. Ravilious’ images are of working people and their ways

James Ravilious manages to capture an ordinary bucolic moment, yet there is nothing commonplace or dull in his photographs. Such is his affection for the land, the animals, and the people who care for the land that he never descends into cliché; each photograph is the capturing of a moment in the photographer’s life as much as it is the capturing of a moment in the lives of man or animal living on the land. James died in 1999. His work has been exhibited at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; the Palais des Arts, Paris, and the Photographers Gallery, London. His work is collected by private individuals worldwide, and is held in public collections including The Towner Gallery in the UK, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in France.

 

You might also be interested in our collection of John Holloway Photographs of Sussex and the Downs and the paintings of Michael Embden.

Giclée photographic print; open editions produced on finest museum-grade Canson Baryta Photographique paper. Hand-embossed.

   
James Ravilious Prints James Ravilious
Cattle Under Flowers, 1980
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James Ravilious Photographs James Ravilious
Gathering Apples, 1986
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A Feed in the Blizzard, 1978
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Ravilous Photographs James Ravilious
Sheep Herding, 1976
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Fine Art Photography James Ravilious
Eating From a Trough, 1974
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With Dogs in the Snow, 1978
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44 x 33cm (paper size)
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48
x 44cm