Can you help locate some of the missing works of artist?

PUBLISHED: 07:58 12 January 2018

Bathing Machines

Bathing Machines

Elizabeth Melvin Photography

Do you have a painting by Eric Ravilious?

Fairey Battle, painted in 1942 the  year Eric Ravilious lost his life as part of the crew of a Second World War plane lost in actionFairey Battle, painted in 1942 the year Eric Ravilious lost his life as part of the crew of a Second World War plane lost in action

Some 40 of the artist’s water colours, which have sold for up to £260,000, are “missing” but may well be hanging on walls in Essex.

Ravilious was one of the Great Bardfield Artists, who settled in the village in the 1930s. The national collection of their paintings is in The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden.

Ravilious also lived in Castle Hedingham in the 1930s. He died aged 39 serving as an official war artist. He was part of an aircraft crew lost in action.

Now art historian, James Russell, is compiling a catalogue of Ravilious’s work as part of a book about his life and wants to hear from anyone with a ‘missing’ painting

Mr Russell, joint founder of the newly-established Hedingham Press, said: “Eric Ravilious produced more than 250 watercolours. We believe around 40 are uncatalogued in collections around the world. The Hedingham Press aims to publish the definitive catalogue of Ravilious’s watercolours, and we are launching a public appeal to find those ‘lost’ watercolours.”

He added: “They might be held in private collections, even possibly public in collections in the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Ravilious spent his last days in Iceland, so that is also a possibility.

Cliffs in MarchCliffs in March

“Our mission is to find and catalogue all of the Ravilious watercolours in the world and produce the definitive book featuring them.

“We are appealing to anyone who has, or think they might, have a Ravilious watercolour to get in touch and help us complete this ambitious project.”

The plan is to publish the catalogue next year as Eric Ravilious: The Complete Water­colours.

The work, which has been authorised by the artist’s estate, will include every Ravilious water­colour, with reproductions, notes and an extensive introductory essay to offer new insights into his life and career.

Among the missing pictures are: The Attic Room painted in 1932, Cliffs in March 1939, Fairey Battle 1942, Lighthouse and Fort 1938, Dredgers 1934 and Bathing Machine 1938.

Anyone with information on a Ravilious watercolour is asked to contact The Hedingham Press by e-mail at All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The Attic RoomThe Attic Room


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