Beachy Head, 1939 by Eric Ravilious


Beachy Head, 1939


Eric Ravilious

Ref GL344
Type Fine Art Print
Limited Editions This Limited Edition Gouttelette Print on paper is published with light-fast inks to BS1006 standard onto acid-free, calcium carbonate-buffered stock, mould-made from 100% cotton and sourced from environmentally-conscious paper suppliers. Limited Edition Size: 75
Image Size 20" x 16" (50 x 40 cm)
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Beachy Head is located on the South Coast of England in the County of Sussex. The cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 530 ft (162 metres) above sea level. The peak allows views of the South East Coast from Dungeness in the east, to Selsey Bill in the west. Its height has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world. It was originally called "Beauchef" and became known as Beachy Head in the early 1700's. It is nothing to do with a beach but is a corruption of the original French words meaning beautiful headland. The artist was passionate about the South Downs in England and he always drew outdoors throughout his career. The strength of the landscape is highlighted by the lighthouse and the viewer is left to imagine the exact time of day.