Raverat, Jacques Pierre Paul, 1885-1925 (painter)
- Existence: 1885 - 1925
Jacques Pierre Paul Raverat was born in Paris, France on 20 March 1885. He was the son of Georges Pierre Raverat and Helena Lorena Raverat. He was educated at Bedales School in Hampshire and went up to Jesus College Cambridge in 1910. A mystery illness persuaded him to abandon the mathematics he had embarked on at Jesus and take up painting. He met Gwen Darwin at rehearsals of the Marlowe Society's second production, 'Comus' and joined her at the Slade School of Art in London. They were married in 1911. The couple were active members of Rupert Brooke's Neo-Pagan group of intellectuals and to a lesser degree of Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury Group.
They had two daughters, Elisabeth (1916–2014), who married the Norwegian politician Edvard Hambro in 1940 and Sophie Jane (1919-2011) who married the Cambridge scholar Mark Pryor also in 1940.
When attempting to sign up into the French army in 1915, his mystery illness was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis and he was classified as unfit for service. In 1920 the Raverats moved to Vence near Nice in the south of France since it was felt the climate would do him good.
Jacques died at home on March 6 1925 in the Villa Adele, Vence.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
Contains 11 letters addressed to Nora Barlow née Darwin. The majority of the letters were written in September in the days following the birth of Nora's fourth child, Andrew Dalmahoy Barlow, born 16 September 1916 and include two letters from Ida Darwin and a letter from Gwen and Jacques Raverat. The letters from Ruth Darwin include descriptions of a visit to Somerset and Wales undertaken in late September with her parents.