20th Century British Illustrators

Antique Shop, reproduced on our January 2016 catalogue cover, is one of 24 lithographs made by Eric Ravilious (1903-42) for High Street (1938), his picture book of shops. Now hugely admired as a wood engraver, watercolourist and ceramics designer, Ravilious was one of an outstanding generation of artists working in book illustration, design and advertising during the 1920s and 1930s. On this page we present studies of some of them and, in Picture This, a survey of artists spanning the whole 20th century.