The Burton at Bideford is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of major exhibition ‘An English Eye’ by renowned artist-photographer James Ravilious to add to its Permanent Collections. The collection is an important historic record of life in North Devon between 1972 and 1997 and the exhibition as a whole represents the best of James Ravilious’ work. Including 135 pictures, the collection will be on display at the Burton in 2021 as part of their exhibition programme.

The Burton would like to thank key funders The Bideford Bridge Trust and The Friends of the Burton Art Gallery for their generous support towards the initial purchase of the collection, as well as a number of individual donors and to all visitors to the gallery who have donated. Their support has been essential in securing & safeguarding the exhibition.

The Burton is continuing to raise funds towards repairs & maintenance to the collection which is now safely secured in a temperature controlled environment to preserve an important record of North Devon for generations to come. Continued donations will also fund a bespoke education programme, outreach and digitisation of the works enabling more people to see and enjoy this significant collection. If you would like to donate please visit or visit us at the gallery.

Ian Danby, Director of the Burton says:

‘We are delighted to have these achingly beautiful pictures in our collection. James was a rare talent, able to combine beauty and the every day. These works will be on show in 2021 and then on tour throughout North Devon’.

Image: Archie Parkhouse with ivy for sheep, Milhams, Dolton, Devon, 1975 by James Ravilious © Beaford Arts

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