Eric William Ravilious

British, b.1903, d.1942

Diving Controls (2)

  • Presented by Mr Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
  • Lithograph
  • 348 x 284mm
  • 94/162
  • 1941

With a sharp light penetrating the gloom in Diving Controls II, Eric Ravilious intensifies the claustrophobic feeling of the submarine interior. His Submarine Series was based on his experiences as an Official War Artist during the Second World War, when he was stationed at the submarine training base at Gosport during mid-1940. Ravilious was a prolific printmaker, water-colourist, illustrator and designer. He taught at the Design School of the Royal College of Art and was widely respected. He was killed in 1942 whilst on a mission in Iceland.