Walter Ritchie

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For the Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, see Walter Potter Ritchie.

Walter Ritchie (1919– 12 February 1997) was a British sculptor.[1]


Ritchie had been one of the last living apprentices of Eric Gill at Piggotts after the Second World War. Many of his public works were in brick relief, and have suffered loss from building redevelopment.

Sir Herbert Read took an interest in the young sculptor and tried to introduce him to the London social life where he would be assured commissions. Instead Ritchie chose to stay at home in Kenilworth.[2]

Public works[edit]

  • Man's Struggle: Two large Portland stone reliefs in Coventry Precinct (created between 1954 and 1959) Since relocated to the outer wall of the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.
Detail of Man's Struggle by Walter Ritchie, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
  • The Creation: Series of large carved brick relief panels at Bristol Eye Hospital (created between 1981 and 1986).
  • Len Hutton: Oval Cricket Ground, London (created between 1988 and 1993)
  • Three Aspects of a Girls Education: North Leamington School [3]
  • Lovers: Brick relief panel, Delapré Abbey Walled Garden, Northampton (damaged)[4]
  • Lady with Kittens: Brick relief panel, Delapré Abbey, Northampton
  • The Flight into Egypt: Brick relief at St Joseph's Church, Whitnash, Warwickshire.[5]


  • —— (1978). Sculpture In Brick & Other Materials. Walter Ritchie. ISBN 978-0950620503. 
  • —— (1979). Brick Sculptures. [6]
  • —— (1994). Walter Ritchie Sculpture. W. Ritchie. ISBN 978-0950620558. 

Illustrations for publications[edit]

  • Quadruped Octaves (1983) (ISBN 095062053X / 0-9506205-3-X) Hall, Gaston. Illustrated by W. Ritchie
  • Alphabet Aviary (1986) by Gaston Hall, ISBN 0-9506205-4-8 illustrations W. Ritchie

Published by Ritchie (Kenilworth)[edit]

  • My time with Eric Gill - A Memoir by Donald Potter (1980) ISBN 0-9506205-1-3 Limited edition of 500 copies [An erratum slip glued into books states that only 400 copies were printed]
  • Damaged Beauty needs a new design: 20 Poems (1981) by John Bate. Limited edition of 310 copies.