Chalk Figure Nr Weymouth By Eric Ravilious
During the 1790s, George III spent his holidays in the Dorset port of Weymouth, establishing it as the first English seaside resort, and in 1808 this wonderful equestrian figure was carved into nearby Osmington Hill to celebrate his patronage. According to legend, the king took offence at the positioning of the figure, which faces away from the town, and never returned, but in fact he visited Weymouth for the last time several years’ earlier.
Ravilious painted this horse on a whistlestop tour of chalk figures in December 1939 prior to his appointment as an official war artist.
‘Chalk Figure Near Weymouth’, housed in the National Gallery of Canada, is regarded as one of the artist’s most iconic paintings.
This new limited edition and is available in an edition of 500 hand numbered copies. Printed on 300gsm, 100 % cotton paper, each print has an image size of 40 × 50 cm (paper size 60 × 70 cm)