Ravilious, Eric (1903-1942), 'Hams', Lithograph, 1938

'Hams', Lithograph, 1938

Original lithograph printed on cream wove paper.

‘This pile of hams is all ready for Christmas, when people buy hams in great numbers. At this time the provision merchant’s shop in the West End of London, where this picture was made, has several hundred, but he has a great many all year round as it is a favourite English dish'.

This lithograph is one of twenty-four different designs Ravilious completed for the series ‘High Street’. The lithographs were drawn by the artist and printed at the Curwen Press and then published by Country Life Ltd. in 1938.

Ravilious began work on his ‘High Street’ lithographs in 1935 following a suggestion from Helen Binyon that he do an alphabet of shops. He deliberately sought out odd shops with special and often Victorian visual appeal as inspiration for these prints. The New Statesman wrote that the designs were ‘so gay and vivid…that they surprise the reader like the shops themselves when they light up on a foggy morning’.

Image Size 21.8 x 14.2 cm
Paper Size 23 x 14.8 cm

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