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Eric Ravilious:
Waterwheel, 1938

Framed (ref: 136)
Signed and dated October 1948, inscribed with title to reverse Pencil and watercolour, 16 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (41.5 x 50 cm.)

Tags: Neo-Romantics

Provenance: private collection
Exhibited: London, Tooth & Sons, Eric Ravilious, 1939 (9); London, National Gallery, 20th Century British Painters (274); London, The British Institute of Adult Education; London Imperial War Museum, Eric Ravillious: Imagined Realities, 2003-4 (47)

Ravillious refers to this watercolour in a letter to Helen Binyon dated 9 March 1938, written from Capel-y-Ffin in the Black Mountains: 'Up to Saturday there had been two more or less fine days and since then we have basked in the sun. It is like May. And I work simply all day trying to make up for lost time and bad drawings, with much better results. A water wheel (homemade by the son of the farmer out of chunks of wood and the bottoms of petrol tins) is now almost finished and looks rather well: and a bit Chinese; there are also four geese in the picture and the time is eight in the morning. Vanity won't allow me not to mention this.'

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