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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd March 1933 Born today: Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
23rd March 1905 Born today: Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
23rd March 1889 The free Woolwich ferry service was launched by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
23rd March 1861 London's 1st tramcars, designed by Mr Train of NY, begins operating
23rd March 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah premieres in London
23rd March 1729 Celebrated satirical painter William Hogarth married Jane Thornhill, daughter of artist Sir James Thornhill.
Eric Ravilious lived here
The official War Artist Eric William Ravilious lived here
Location: 48 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, W6
Description: Official War Artist Eric William Ravilious (1903-42) lived here between 1931 and 1935. The popular watercolour artists work was widespread as a book illustrator, Wedgewood designer and London Underground illustrator.
He produced a famous woodcut of two Victorian gentlemen playing cricket, which has appeared on the front cover of Wisden Cricketers Almanack every year since 1938.
He was killed in 1942 while accompanying a Royal Air Force air sea rescue mission off Iceland that failed to return to its base.
He lived here with his wife and fellow artist and engraver Tirzah Garwood during the 1930's.