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Orchid Hunters in Brazil
© estate of Tirzah Ravilious. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Towner

Orchid Hunters in Brazil 1950

Tirzah Garwood (1908–1951)


Eileen ‘Tirzah’ Garwood attended Eastbourne School of Art (1925–28), where she was taught by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942) whom she married in 1930. She first exhibited in 1927, at the Redfern Gallery, and an early woodcut shown at the 1927 SWE exhibition received significant praise in 'The Times'. Such was the originality of her printmaking that she exerted an influence over Ravilious’ own wood engravings. She was also commissioned by the BBC in 1928 to illustrate Granville Bantock’s 'The Pilgrim’s Progress', and made whimsical but exacting observational pictures that were popular with children and exhibited by the Society for Education in Art.

Text source: Liss Llewellyn

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