Starlings at Heybridge Basin Writing Set
Drawn from the Warner Textile Archive, the attractive blue-and-white pattern of starlings and flowers that covers this set and decorates each sheet of the writing paper was created in about 1940 by the prolific designer and illustrator, Dora Batty (1891–1966). The writing paper and envelopes are white.
Eric Ravilious Piccadilly Circus Writing Set
Piccadilly Circus is one of the Boat Race Day series of ceramic decoration designed by Eric Ravilious for Josiah Wedgwood and Sons in the late 1930s and now in the Wedgwood Museum. The oval picture is reproduced on the wallet, while the writing paper is pale cream with a tiny Eros at the top, and white on the reverse.
Owls Notecard Set
This set has reproductions of two very different pictures of owls: Owl on a Flowering Magnolia Branch, a Japanese woodblock print by Kubo Shunman (1752–1820); and Hibou Centrillard, a hand-coloured engraving from Henri Georges Meunier's Voyage en Abyssinie (1845–51). Four notecards of each design (115x115mm), blank inside, with white envelopes in an attractive wallet printed with the Japanese owl.
Edward Lear Nonsense Illustrations
Taken from the British Library Collection, these pictures by Edward Lear (1812–1888) include the lines from the limericks they illustrate: 'He built a balloon to examine the moon' from 'There was an Old Man of The Hague'; and 'There was an Old Man on whose nose/ most birds of the air could repose. There are four cards of each design.
8 Notecards with Envelopes
Adapted from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs for The Hill House, Helensburgh and 'The Rose Boudoir', the designs on these notecards feature the Art Nouveau rose motifs so familiar from Mackintosh's interior designs and stained glass. There are eight cards, four of each design, with envelopes, presented in a card wallet.
8 Notecards with Envelopes
In Ravilious's The Westbury Horse, 1939, a train is visible steaming through the valley below Westbury Hill; in Train Landscape we are inside the carriage and the white horse can be seen through a window. These notecards feature reproductions of both watercolours – four of each picture, with plain envelopes.
Ravilious: The Boat Race Rowers Journal
The English painter and designer Eric Ravilious (1903–42) created several series of artworks for ceramics by Wedgwood, including Boat Race Day in 1938. The covers and endpapers of this journal feature reproductions of original designs from that series, now in the Wedgwood Museum Trust Collection. The sturdy hardback has 200 pages of lined, cream paper, an expandable rear pocket for loose papers and elastic closure.