Leaving Scapa Flow
|Title||Leaving Scapa Flow|
|Paper Size (W x H)||24 x 21 ins|
Scapa Flow is a body of water situated in the Orkney Islands, located to the North of Scotland. It is one of the great natural harbours of the world, with a shallow sandy bottom not deeper than 200 ft (60 meters) and mainly around 100 ft deep. Viking ships anchored in Scapa Flow more than 1,000 years ago but it is most famous as the site of the United Kingdom's Chief Naval Base during both World War I and World War II. Today, it is a major oil port and is a prime location of a ship to ship transfers of crude oil product, as well as liquefied natural gas.
In this picture, Ravilious has depicted a number of battleships in the natural harbour. Ravilious was an official war artist and this is a perfect example of the slightly surreal quality that Ravilious captured with his renowned eye for the quirky.
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 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.Find out more