Watercolour, 1933. The two women in question are
Charlotte, Bawden’s wife in the deckchair leaning against the walnut
tree, and Tirzah, Ravilious’s wife, preparing vegetables. This is Brick
House in Essex, Bawden’s large house and garden which at this point was
shared by both couples, all having a hand in its decoration. The women
made marbled paper for the house, whilst, as reported by Charlotte in
the spring of 1932, ‘Edward and Rav are at Bardfield this week,
decorating the ‘Victorian’ room. They are threatening to paint stags’
horns and trophies of the chase in suitable positions on the wall, and
forget-me-nots and pansies round the fireplace, but I think Rav will
keep a discreet hand over Edward’s rococo spirit’. This is a rare
painting – not only is the subject winsome – reading, and the shelling
or pairing of peas, but it is rare too for Ravilious to depict his
friends and loved ones.
Size: image :43.0 x 53.5; paper: 61.0 x 72.0cm
Format: Giclée print, Limited Edition (1/950) on 310gms thick, 100% cotton rag. Hand-numbered and hand-embossed.
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