Waiting for the Wounded

Lithographic print of original charcoal drawing, ‘Waiting for the Wounded’, by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. 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. It is likely this drawing was completed behind the front lines whilst Muirhead was travelling around the front during 1916. The drawing itself depicts three men, waiting casually in their tent. Muirhead Bone uses fine detail alongside general strokes to create shadow and light.

Muirhead Bone travelled to France on 16 August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He was the first official British war artist of the First World War producing 150 drawings in six weeks. It is from this series of works which this drawing is most likely to have originated from.

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
Waiting for the Wounded
Simple Name
Full Name
Waiting for the Wounded
image height 263 mm; image width 420 mm; total sheet height 393 mm; total sheet width 525 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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