Country Life 23 February 2022

Country Life 23 February 2022 looks at Ampney Crucis, arrowheads, schoold and the artist Eric Ravilious, as well as much more besides.

ERIC RAVILIOUS: The work of ‘the boy’ is renowned for its clarity. Peyton Skipwith looks at the life of Eric Ravilious.

SELF-PORTRAITS: Self-portraits have offered an insight into artists’ personalities, interests and statuses for centuries, says Matthew Dennison.

AMPNEY CRUCIS: Plantaholic heaven? The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, home of The Specialist Plant Fairs,
is as distinctive as one might wish. Tiffany Daneff pays a visit.

SCHOOLS: Pupils are leading the eco-friendly charge, reports Madeleine Silver; the schools that are joining up to offer education from toddler to teenager; finding alternatives to the old public-school/Oxbridge route; and as Harrow School marks its 450th anniversary, John Goodall looks at its grand architectural story.

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ARROWHEADS: Fearsome arrowheads are being forged again in deepest Dorset, discovers Ben Lerwill.