Ravilious was a leading exponent of wood engraving in the 1920's.
He was taught by Paul Nash at the Royal College of Art and became a close friend of Edward Bawden. Both artists, together with their artist wives Tirzah Ravilious and Charlotte Bawden shared a house at Great Bardfield in Suffolk. Ravilious became an official war artist in 1940 and tragically failed to return from an air-sea rescue mission off Iceland in 1942.
His sensitive and accomplished watercolours, drawings, book illustrations and ceramic designs for Wedgwood have continued to influence a generation of British design.