Rye Harbour, 1938

Eric Ravilious

TitleRye Harbour, 1938
ArtistEric Ravilious
Paper Size (W x H)24 x 21 ins
Edition Size75
Price £720.00

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Rye Harbour is a village located on the East Sussex Coast near the estuary of the River Rother and is located some two miles downstream from the ancient town of Rye. The story of Rye Harbour is unusual and it was originally used by a company of soldiers at the beginning of the 1800's, followed shortly afterward by the first fishermen's huts and the building of the Martello Tower. When the Napoleonic wars ended, so the smuggling trade, which had long flourished all along the south coast, again increased in scope and intensity and a watch house was built about 1825 to provide shelter and support for the blockade troops and still stands today, complete with the flagstaff for signalling to shipping. The harbour, which is now surrounded by a nature reserve, is some two miles downstream of the town of Rye and is close to the mouth of the River Rother.

Rye Harbour is, perhaps, best known for its fictionalization as Westling in the Romney Marsh children's books of Monica Edwards.

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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