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.