When it comes to "bangs for your bucks", you don't get as many with this book as you do with some. In all, 23 paintings are reproduced, full page, most of them displayed facing a page of editorial, some of it explicit to the plate and some of it background stuff about Ravilious' career. The plates are of high quality, and the fact that these images have been selected to fit the remit "Sussex and the Downs" means they form a coherent whole which is satisfying and stimulating.
Ravilious died as a War Artist during the Second World War and his work is still under copyright; his family have been closely involved in the recent resurgence of interest in this individual, intensely English artist. This book reads as one written with a close personal knowledge and one feels again the poignancy of his early death.
As there is little published on Ravilious, and all of it pricey, the relatively high cost of this slim book must be borne philosophically. The text is excellent and the quality of paper chosen is just right for Ravilious's famously 'dry' style of watercolour. It has been produced with care and is essential for anyone interested in 20th century British painters.