Eric Ravilious, ‘Diving Controls 2’, Camberwell Press submarine lithograph.
This lithograph ‘Diving Controls 2’ is a rare print from the Submarine series by Eric Ravilious. It was printed by the Camberwell Press, London in 1996*
Originally Eric Ravilious produced his submarine lithographs during the Second World War. These 1996 Camberwell Press prints were Stochastically screened from the original lithographs printed by W. S. Cowell of Ipswich in 1940. This print is not a Giclee print.
The original 1940 ‘Ipswich’ prints are extremely rare. This is a Camberwell print which are also scarce and of very high quality*.
Image size: 28cm wide x 32cm high
Paper size: 36cm wide x 36cm high
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Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) was appointed as an official war artist in 1940. His work at this time produced a series of wartime images including paintings of harbours, airfields, ships and seascapes. As he explored the subjects available to him he encountered and spent time on a submarine. This fascinated him and he began to produce a series of submarine sketches. As this series of illustrations evolved the possibility of a children’s book on submarines was proposed. Ravilious was very keen on this and discussions took place with publishers and costings were evaluated. However, the project was eventually abandoned because of costs. Ravilious then decided to produce a set of submarine lithographs and publish them himself. He approached master-printers W. S. Cowell in Ipswich, England and with their help Ravilious created his set of original 1940 lithographs.
Please note*. It states on the British Council website that Camberwell Press printed an album of ten lithographs by Eric Ravilious. Published in 1996 by The Camberwell Press in an edition of 300, with 75 copies printed with separate lithographs. This print is from that series.