7th May 2025 – Tirzah Garwood: Beyond Ravilious

Wednesday 7th May 2025

Tirzah Garwood: Beyond Ravilious

Lecturer: James Russell

The name of Eric Ravilious has become familiar over the past decade, but few people are aware that his wife, Tirzah Garwood (1908-51), was a talented and original artist in her own right. A witty observer of the human condition, the youthful Garwood became established as a wood engraver of rare ability. After marrying Ravilious she took up paper marbling, quickly achieving renown for the dazzling originality of her decorative papers. She later turned to oil painting, producing in a few short years a series of strange, beautiful paintings.


Having studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, James Russell enjoyed a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an experience that inspired him to begin writing and lecturing on 20th century art. He has curated major exhibitions for museums around the country. His exhibition devoted to Tirzah Garwood will run at Dulwich Picture Gallery between November 2024 and May 2025.

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