Beachy Head, 1939

Eric Ravilious

TitleBeachy Head, 1939
ArtistEric Ravilious
Paper Size (W x H)24 x 21 ins
Edition Size75
Price £720.00

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Beachy Head is located on the South Coast of England in the County of Sussex. The cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 530 ft (162 meters) above sea level. The peak allows views of the South East Coast from Dungeness in the east to Selsey Bill in the west. Its height has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world.

It was originally called "Beauchef" and became known as Beachy Head in the early 1700's. It is nothing to do with a beach but is a corruption of the original French words meaning beautiful headland.

The artist was passionate about the South Downs in England and he always drew outdoors throughout his career. The strength of the landscape is highlighted by the lighthouse and the viewer is left to imagine the exact time of day.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Eric Ravilious

Eric William Ravilious (1903-1942) was an English painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver. He grew up in Sussex and is particularly known for his watercolours of the South Downs.

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