Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

On Board a Battleship : A Gun Turret on HMS Repulse, Firth of Forth, March 1917.

SKU: 6037
Signed in the plate
Lithographic reproduction
8″ x 14″ – 20 x 35.5 cm


Height – 20cm x Width – 35.5cm


This was on of the sixty’War Drawings’  published by Authority of the War Office by Country Life Ltd., 1917.  The series constituted six  volumes with ten images in each volume.

H M S Repulse was one of the most famous of British ships. , Cleared for action, 1917, this shows a gun turret viewed from the deck.
Appointed as Britain’s first official war artist in May 1916, as well as serving with the Allied Forces on the Western Front at the Battle of the Somme, he also served with the Royal Navy. 

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Muirhead Bone
1876 - 1953

Sir Muirhead Bone (23 March 1876 ‘ 21 October 1953) was a Scottish etcher, drypoint and watercolour artist.
The son of a printer, Bone was born in Glasgow and trained initially as an architect, later going on to study art at Glasgow School of Art. He began printmaking in 1898, and although his first known print was a lithograph, he is better known for his etchings and drypoints. His subject matter was principally related to landscapes, architecture (which often focussed on urban construction and demolition sites) and industry.
In 1901 he moved to London, where he met William Strang, Dugald MacColl and Alphonse Legros, and later became a member of the New English Art Club.
Bone was also a member of the Glasgow Art Club with which he exhibited.
After the outbreak of the First World War, Charles Masterman, head of the British War Propaganda Bureau and acting on the advice of William Rothenstein, appointed Bone as Britain’s first official war artist in May 1916.
To many, Bone had the ideal credentials for this official appointment and, although thirty-eight years old at the outbreak of war, he was rescued from certain enlistment by the intervention of those in the art establishment who recognized what an asset his work might be as pictorial propaganda for the Allied cause. Furthermore, Bone worked almost exclusively in black and white; his drawings were invariably small and their realistic intensity reproduced well in the government-funded publications of the day. Where some artists might have demurred at the challenge of drawing ocean liners in a drydock or tens of thousands of shells in a munitions factory, Bone delighted in them; he was rarely intimidated by complex subjects and whatever the challenge those who commissioned his work could always be sure that out of superficial chaos there emerged a beautiful and ordered design.

Commissioned as an honorary Second Lieutenant, he arrived in France during the Battle of the Somme, serving with the Allied forces on the Western Front and also with the Royal Navy for a time. He produced 150 drawings of the war, returning to England in October of that year. Over the next few months Bone returned to his earlier subject matter, drawing pictures of shipyards and battleships. He visited France again in 1917 where he took particular interest in the ruined towns and villages.
After the Armistice, Bone returned to the type of works he produced before the war, and was influential in promoting fellow war artists William Orpen and Wyndham Lewis. He began to undertake extensive foreign travels which increasingly influenced his work. In 1923 he produced three portraits of the novelist Joseph Conrad during an Atlantic crossing. In the inter-war period he exhibited extensively in London and New York, building up a considerable reputation. He received a knighthood in 1937.
Bone served again as official war artist in the Second World War from 1940, being commissioned in 1940 into the Royal Marines as a Major.
Sir Muirhead Bone died in 1953 in Oxford. His final resting place is in the churchyard adjacent to the St. Mary’s Church Whitegate at Vale Royal parish in Cheshire; and he has a memorial stone in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


SKU: 11861

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Landscape with Hamlet


SKU: 11843

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Farm house, Northern France, circa 1917


SKU: 9132

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

The Cameronia entering New York harbour


SKU: 8994

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Convoy, including a ship with dazzle camouflage


SKU: 8988

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

woman on a bench, circa 1900
SKU: 8984

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Thames between Southwark Bridge and Cannon Street railway bridge, 1930’s
SKU: 7961

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, c.1942, cat 7
SKU: 7962

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, c.1942, cat 4
SKU: 6038

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

A Highland Officer – Lieutenant D.H. Georgeson, Seaforth Highlanders, Intelligence Officer 44th Brigade Headquarters, circa 1916


SKU: 5657

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Cartoon for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, 1942


SKU: 5655

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, c.1942, cat 9


SKU: 5656

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, c.1942, cat 5
SKU: 5601

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, 1942


SKU: 5602

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for Winter Mine-Laying off Iceland, 1942
SKU: 5603

Muirhead Bone (1876 - 1953)

Study for the background of Winter Mine Laying off Iceland, 1942