With the Grand Fleet 1 HMS Lion in dry dock

In March 1917, Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) was sent as an Official War Artist to the Grand Fleet at Rosyth, Scotland, where he spent three weeks recording daily life at sea, including oiling and firing practice. The work that he completed during that time was reproduced in May 1917 in ‘Country Life’ magazine and was compiled into a portfolio of six lithographs titled ‘With the Grand Fleet’. Although the prints may each be viewed as a work of art in its own right, the text that accompanies them makes it clear that this portfolio was intended as propaganda. The journalist C. E. Montague’s (1867-1928) descriptions enforce an idea of British superiority, pride and power and encourage the viewer to consider Bone’s lithographs in a new way.

Montague’s description for 'HMS Lion' was:
'The great hull we see here has seen more battling in the present war than any other of our “capital” ships. Officially “sunk” by the Germans, she will yet prove a troublesome ghost to them. In the foreground the dockyard workers are busily surveying the ship’s Gargantuan cables for weakened or damaged links.'

Object Details

ID: PAI0680
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Bone, Muirhead
Date made: 1917
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 797 x 557 mm

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