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River Cam Bathing*
© estate of Gwen Raverat. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Darwin College, University of Cambridge

River Cam Bathing* 1951 or later

Gwendolen Raverat (1885–1957)

Darwin College, University of Cambridge

British graphic artist, theatre designer, painter, and writer, born in Cambridge, the daughter of Sir George Darwin, professor of astronomy, and granddaughter of Charles Darwin. She studied at the *Slade School, 1908–11, but was mainly self-taught in wood engraving, which was her primary activity. In 1911 she married Jacques Raverat, a French former student of mathematics at Cambridge who had taken up painting and studied with her at the Slade. They spent much of their time in France until his death in 1925; thereafter she lived in London and Cambridge. She was a founder of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1920 and was best known for her book illustrations, notably of collections of poems by her cousin Frances Cornford and for the Cambridge Book of Poetry for Children, selected by Kenneth Grahame (1932).

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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