A stable on the western front

Lithographic print of original red pastel, charcoal and pen drawing, ‘A stable on the western front’, by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. Published in a series in 1918, it was originally executed in 1916. This print depicts a large stable complex, most likely somewhere behind the front lines during the First World War. Horses were vital to the war effort, and were used in many roles: from chargers, to pulling artillery and wounded men. By 1917, the British Army had employed over 368,000 horses on the Western Front. Horses had care, but many suffered from the extreme conditions they were in. This proof forms part of a green paper folder of an “edition de luxe” of signed proofs: 10 prints made from the War Drawings of Muirhead Bone.

Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) was a Scottish watercolourist and etcher. He was known for his depictions of wartime industrial and architectural settings. He was on the advisory committees for the British War Memorials during the First World War and the War Artists Advisory panel during the Second World War.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
lithograph on paper
Common Name
A stable on the western front
Simple Name
Full Name
A stable on the western front
image height 318 mm; image width 429 mm; total sheet height 395 mm; total sheet width 523 mm
Production Person Surname
Bone; Country Life Ltd; Newnes Ltd
Production Person Initials
Sir David Muirhead; ; George
Period Classification
World War I (1914-1918)
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Production Parish
; Covent Garden
Production Town
; London; London
Production Country
; United Kingdom: England; United Kingdom: England
Family Group

Inscription / Transcription
Bone; Muirhead Bone; MB

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