Exhibited: Sanctuary, Artist-Gardeners, 1919-39, Garden Museum, London, 25th February – 5 April, 2020
Literature: Christopher Woodward, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919–1939, published by Liss Llewellyn, 2020.
This is the only design that Ravilious ever produced specifically for wallpaper. It was made during the time he was a student at the Royal College of Art and gifted to his fellow artist Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984) in 1924. Together with Edward Bawden, these three artists lived and exhibited with one another; they exchanged ideas and techniques, and made pilgrimages to sites such as ‘Rat Abbey’ – Samuel Palmer’s run-down cottage in Shoreham – in order to study the local countryside. They were inseparable.
This design has only recently been unearthed having remained for the best part of 100 years, unrecorded, in Bliss’s studio.
The design is printed on premium toll coated non-woven wallpaper. The roll length is 10m x 52 cm, add the price of the wallpaper is £120 per roll. Postage costs will apply, but there will be free delivery on orders of 5 rolls or more.