Eric Ravilious’ original design for A Child’s Handkerchief was included in an exhibition by the Cotton Board in 1941. Established in 1940, the Cotton Board’s remit was to ‘promote the welfare of the industry by internal reorganisation, by the development of export trade, scientific research, propaganda and other means.’ It was later amalgamated into the Textile Council and had its headquarters in Manchester, the heart of the British cotton industry.

This handkerchief has been produced exclusively for The Fry Art Gallery by the renowned team of Brian and James Webb at Webb & Webb. Measuring 43cm x 43cm and made in England from fine 100% cotton, this unique keepsake is being sold with all profits going directly to the Fry Art Gallery building fund. As many of you will know, the Gallery has embarked on an ambitious scheme to extend its Castle Street premises, with the creation of a dedicated archive area, improved and enlarged storage for the 3000+ objects that make up the North West Essex Collection, together with new accessible facilities.

Price: £35 plus p & p