|David Hepher, La Francaise, 1985|
|Eric Ravilious, Vicarage, 1935|
|The view today|
Since Ravilious died almost seventy years ago there aren't too many people left who knew him. David was asked to share a few thoughts and memories at the launch of the show 'Ravilious in Essex', which is currently running at the Fry Art Gallery, and he began by admitting that his memories were few; he was only a child when Ravilious died.
|The Old Vicarage (note Wellingtonia)|
They knew one another because Guy Hepher was vicar of St Nicholas church in Castle Hedingham when the Ravilious family lived in the village. They had one of those rare family friendships where each member is friends with their opposite number - Eric with Guy, Tirzah with Evelyn, and David with John, who was his age - and during the very cold winters of the late 1930s Eric and family took refuge at the vicarage - where David remembered them all sweeping snow off the roof of the enormous house (today, the 'Old Vicarage').
|St Nicholas, Castle Hedingham|
|Guy Hepher's Plan of St Nicholas, 1937|
|David Hepher, Study for the Wandsworth Road Estate III, 2007|
Fry Art Gallery