Eric William Ravilious, 1903-1942
Simple name : Person: artist
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/5105
Fullname : Eric William Ravilious
Preferred name : Eric Ravilious
Biography : Eric Ravilious was born in London. He studied at the Eastbourne School of Art (1919-22), then the Design School at the Royal College of Art (1922-5) where Paul Nash was his tutor. He designed wood engravings for book illustrations, as well as book jackets, and jointly with Edward Bawden and Cyril Mahoney painted the murals for Morley College, London (1928-30). A design tutor at the Royal College of Art (1930-8), he worked on porcelain, glass, furniture and textile designs. In 1937, he executed the wall decoration for the British Pavilion at the Paris Exhibition. During the late 1930s, he increasingly turned to water-colour painting and colour lithography. The Crafts Council organised a major exhibition of his work in 1986. Although his work appeared in a series of books published by London Transport two major works 'Greenwich Pier' and 'Greenwich Observatory', intended for use on posters, were never used. Appointed an official war artist in 1940, Ravilious was killed on active service in Iceland.
Date of birth : 1903
Place of birth : London
Date of death : 1942
Role : Artist
Education :
  • Royal College of Art : 1922-1925
  • Eastbourne School of Art : 1919-1922
Employment :
  • Designed illustrations for London Transport : 01/01/1933 - 31/12/1936
Record completeness :
Record 26% complete

hl book shop now


Hidden London book

Delve into the history of disused and repurposed London Underground spaces with the new beautifully illustrated hardback book, Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground - now available!

Buy now

depot 20 homepage

What's On

Celebrating 20 years

We're celebrating 20 years of our Museum Depot! This pioneering museum store has many uses and is home to over 90% of our collection. Find out more on our blog and discover our top 20 objects! 


collections bill amies


Object of the month

This photo of Bill Amies, Ongar Group Station Manager, was taken in 1980. In the photo, you can see him pointing along the track towards London from the rural station! Discover Ongar at Hidden London: the Exhibition.

Discover more