This week: Rav­il­ious

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

These three pan­els by Eric Rav­il­ious, pre­sumed lost, came to light when the din­ing hall of Mer­chant Tay­lors’ School, Hert­ford­shire, was re­fur­bished last sum­mer and a false ceil­ing re­moved. They re­spec­tively de­pict a mar­row and other veg­eta­bles in one, wheat and bread in an­other, figs and berries in the third. The pan­els date from the con­struc­tion of the school in 1931–3 and the style is un­mis­tak­able. Their au­thor­ship is con­firmed by a brief ref­er­ence in The Builder (May 5, 1933).

They were paid for by the ar­chi­tect, Wil­liam G. Newton, who en­livened the build­ings with art­works, in­clud­ing stained glass by Fran­cis Spear and sculp­ture by Alan Durst. The hall is al­most en­tirely func­tional, with a high roof of curved con­crete beams. James Bet­t­ley

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