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First Major Exhibition of Tirzah Garwood

Modern British artist Tirzah Garwood among 2024 highlights at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Tirzah Garwood

Born Eileen Lucy Garwood, 11th April 1908 - Gillingham

Died 27th March 1951 (aged 42) - Colchester

Occupation: Artist and engraver

Spouse: Eric Ravilious

First major exhibition of Modern British artist Tirzah Garwood among 2024 highlights at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery gears up for an extraordinary year of artistic discovery with a diverse and captivating exhibition programme.

Dulwich Picture Gallery today unveils its exhibition of works by

Tirzah Garwood: Beyond Ravilious runs from 19th Nov 2024–26th May 2025

In autumn 2024, Dulwich Picture Gallery presented the first major exhibition devoted to the artist and designer Tirzah Garwood (1908–1951) since 1952. Best known until now as the wife of Eric Ravilious and as the author of the autobiography Long Live Great Bardfield, Garwood excelled as a fine artist and printmaker.

Her diverse and enchanting works are gems of the mid-20th century.

Curated by James Russell, who previously created the Gallery’s 2015 blockbuster exhibition ‘Ravilious’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Edward Bawden’ show in 2018, this retrospective will be the first time the full extent of Tirzah Garwood’s output will be shown. Her paintings and 3D constructions will be given the public showcase and critical examination they deserve, while examining her development of a distinctive “sophisticated naive” approach that subtly transformed innocent subjects to unsettling effect.

More than 80 works by Tirzah Garwood, almost exclusively from private collections and including books, studies and ephemera, will be accompanied by around 12 artworks by Eric Ravilious setting the context in which the artists worked together and exploring the shared interests and techniques of this remarkable creative couple. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue featuring new research, and special essays by Ella Ravilious, Eric and Tirzah’s granddaughter, and writer Jennifer Higgie.


Ticket on sale dates are announced via Dulwich Picture Gallery’s website, newsletter and social media channels prior to exhibition openings. Entry to all three exhibitions is free with a Friends membership, available via


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