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 action 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 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 March Cliffs 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 Room The Attic Room


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Fri, 15:00

When it comes to buying a car you’ll find it tough to beat Perkins for choice and variety and good old fashioned service.

Fri, 08:24

A charity worker has been disqualified from driving after her car was found “wedged” between two signs at the entrance of Birchanger services.

Fri, 08:04

A parish councillor has said he wants to hold Essex County Council (ECC) “to account” after claims that more than 400 residents in a development near Little Dunmow have had to wait in excess of three years for a “21st century broadband connection”.

Thu, 11:04

A learner driver whose car hit a five-year-old boy before hitting a wall in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Digital Edition

Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter