Sir Muirhead Bone

Warships on the Firth of Forth (Dated 1917)

About this artwork

As Britain’s first official war artist, Muirhead Bone was posted to the Western Front in July 1916. He sent sketches back for publication in monthly Government journals such as ‘The Western Front’. In 1917 he was posted with the naval fleet, and made a number of watercolours, such as this, of the naval boats on the Firth of Forth and at Scapa Flow. The following year, on 21 November 1918, the German fleet surrendered in the Firth of Forth, signalling the end of German naval power after four long years.

Sir Muirhead Bone

Sir Muirhead Bone

Draughtsman, illustrator and painter Muirhead Bone was born in Partick, Glasgow, and trained as an architect. He attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art and was self-taught as an etcher. In 1901 Bone settled in London, where he quickly established an international reputation, selling prints for large sums. The first artist to be appointed a War Artist in the First World War, he was also an official War Artist in World War Two. Architectural subjects dominate his printed work in addition to images showing industrialisation and urban development. The author of nearly 500 prints, Bone was knighted in 1937.