The Wilmington Giant, Eric Ravilious

This week I visited an exhibition dedicated to the short life of mid twentieth-century artist Eric Ravilious at the rather lovely Dulwich Picture Gallery. Ravilious spent much of his life in Sussex, and many of his best works are views of the South Downs and the charming countryside that lies around them. Images of winding country lanes, travellers’ caravans and rolling hills recall a magical rural England, reminders of a time now long past.

, Eric Ravilious

I particularly loved his painting of the Wilmington Giant, which can be found on Windover Hill just outside the village of Alfriston.  While many things may have changed since Ravilious painted this scene in 1939, the Wilmington Giant, also known as the Long Man, remains steadfastly the same. He’s been there since time immemorial, and will not doubt still be there for centuries to come; huge, silent and mysteriously magical.

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2 Responses to “The Wilmington Giant, Eric Ravilious”

  1. I’d love to see this figure for myself, as well as the Cerne Abbas Giant and the Uffington White Horse. Yet more alluring mysteries! 🙂

    • He is quite amazing, very mysterious. Interestingly Ravilious also painted the Cerne Abbas Giant and some white horses too – lovely paintings, but nothing matches up to the real thing.

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