Ravilious: The Lifeboat

Ravilious: The Lifeboat


In August 1938 Ravilious visited the beautiful Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh. There he painted a group of unusually vivid watercolours, inclusing two studies of the town’s idiosyncratic bathing machines and this exuberant picture of a lifeboat. This craft, named the Abdy Beauclerk after a keen yachtsman who had died twenty years earlier, had been launched in May 1932 by Prince Albert (the future George VI). She went on to enjoy a long and distinguished career, carrying out the first rescue of World War II on 10 September 1939 and subsequently taking part in the Dunkirk

evacuation. A percentage from all sales of this print is being donated to the owner’s chosen charity, Help for Heroes. This is particularly appropriate given that Ravilious was an Official War Artist, and tragically disappeared on a reconnaissance mission off the coast of Iceland on 2 September 1942.

Limited edition giclée print of 700 copies
67 × 59cm (image 50 × 42 cm)
£220 including VAT and carriage

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