Eric Ravilious, ‘Ward Room 2’, Camberwell Press submarine lithograph.
This print ‘Ward Room 2’ is a lithograph from the Submarine series by Eric Ravilious, printed by the Camberwell Press in 1996*
Eric Ravilious produced his original submarine lithographs during the Second World War. These 1996 Camberwell Press lithographs were Stochastically screened from the original 1940 lithographs that were printed by W. S. Cowell of Ipswich. 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: 32cm wide x 28cm high
Paper size: 39.5cm wide x 37.5cm high
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In 1940 Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) had become an official war artist. 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 keen on this. Discussions took place with publishers and costings were evaluated but 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 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.