High Street Lithographs by Eric Ravilious
2nd January - 2nd February
An exhibition of twenty-four different designs from the series ‘High Street’.
The lithographs were drawn by the artist, printed at the Curwen Press and published in 1938.
Ravilious began work on his ‘High Street’ lithographs in 1935 following a suggestion from Helen Binyon that he do an alphabet of shops. He deliberately sought out odd shops with special and often Victorian visual appeal as inspiration for these prints. The New Statesman wrote that the designs were ‘so gay and vivid…that they surprise the reader like the shops themselves when they light up on a foggy morning’.
Ravilious’s work continues to inspire contemporary printmaker’s.