Walter Ritchie

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Detail of Man's Struggle by Walter Ritchie, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

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


Ritchie had been one of the last living apprentices of Eric Gill at Pigotts near High Wycombe 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]



  • —— (1978). Sculpture In Brick & Other Materials. Walter Ritchie. ISBN 978-0950620503. 
  • —— (1979). Brick Sculptures. [5]
  • —— (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.


  1. ^ a b Rogers, Byron (19 February 1997). "Obituary: Walter Ritchie". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Byron (12 May 1996). "The Arts: Sculpture – do's and don'ts Walter Ritchie's career...". The Sunday Telegraph. 
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  4. ^ "St Joseph's Parish". St Joseph's Parish website. UK. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Brick sculptures by Walter Ritchie (Open Library)". 

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