COMMANDER OF A SUBMARINE LOOKING THROUGH A PERISCOPE 1941
Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942)
- 28 X 71.7 CM
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In 1940 Ravilious was posted to Gosport and started drawing a series of submarine interiors. The War Artists' Advisory Committee had suggested he produce a children's colouring book but the artist was unenthusiastic. Instead he proposed making a series of ten lithographs, to be printed by W S Cowell of Ipswich. Owing to a shortage of metal Cowell invented a senstised plastic sheet called Plasticowell as substitute for the zinc plates. Ravilious was not fully satisfied with the final works, considering them 'overworked and overdone compared with the first drawings which are much better'. Submarine Training Ship in Home Waters comes from the original series.