This watercolour was commissioned in 1932 by Sir
Geoffrey Fry, Private Secretary to Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, at
his country home Oare House, near Pewsey, in Wiltshire. The boys in
their shorts and caps are picking currents under the supervision of the
head gardener. The nets are carefully painted, as too the fig leaf bank,
and each of the strawberry leaves in the bed is picked out with
precision. But the choice of viewpoint is what is unusual here: we look
up through the nets above to see spectral trees, the undulating Downs
and the skies overhead to make what is, to many people, one of
Ravilious’ most exceptional paintings.
Size: Image 35.5 x 45.4; paper 51.0 x 61.0cm
Format: Format: Giclée Print, limited edition (1/950) on 310gsm thick, 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed.
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