With the Grand Fleet 2. On Board a Battle-Cruiser (HMS Lion)

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 'On board a battle-cruiser' was:
'The ship’s funnel, behind, and the sailor’s figure, on the left, help to give the scale of the great gun.'

Object Details

ID: PAI0682
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Bone, Muirhead
Date made: 1917
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 796 x 556 mm

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