• The Sunday Sale - Property fro auction at Christies

    Sale 5974

    The Sunday Sale - Property from the Academy of Medical Sciences, removed from 41 Portland Place, W1 and The Robert Harling Collection

    13 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 149

    ERIC WILLIAM RAVILIOUS (BRITISH, 1903-1942)

    Four designs for London Transport Green Line Coach advertisements: to Chalfont St. Giles; Crawley; Great Bookham and Whipsnade

    Price Realised  

    ERIC WILLIAM RAVILIOUS (BRITISH, 1903-1942)
    Four designs for London Transport Green Line Coach advertisements: to Chalfont St. Giles; Crawley; Great Bookham and Whipsnade
    one example indistinctly inscribed in pencil (beneath the mount)
    woodcut
    P. 65 x 88 mm., mounted in two common frames
    Together with a series of five further woodcuts for Country Walks, signed 'Eric Ravilious' (lower right), each P. 35 x 45 mm., in a common frame
    three in the lot (3)


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    In 1935, Eric Ravilious was invited by the then publicity officer of London Transport, Christian Barman, to design printed imagery for the campaign to promote London's Green Line Coaches. The present lot depicts the four images used to promote the routes to Chalfont St. Giles, Crawley, Great Bookham and Whipsnade.
    The further set of five engravings were some of Ravilious's head and tail piece images used to illustrate a series of pamphlets on 'Country Walks', written by Robert Harling. On Ravilious's graphic work Harling notes "his pre-occupation with the interplay of light and shadow...with this problem he was as unceasingly engrossed, as were the early impressionists". (T. Mainstone, Away We Go! Advertising London's Transport: Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, Norwich, 2006, p. 16.)

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