Men of the RFA cleaning their guns

Lithographic print of original charcoal and wash drawing, ‘Men of the RFA cleaning their guns’, by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. The drawing depicts men of the RFA (Royal Field Artillery) cleaning their guns. The RFA were the largest section of the artillery, who were responsible for the some largest guns and howitzers deployed on the Western Front during the First World War. 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.

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.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
lithograph on paper
Common Name
Men of the RFA cleaning their guns
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
Bone; Muirhead Bone; MB
Period Classification
World War I (1914-1918)
Production Town
; London; London
Production Country
; United Kingdom: England; United Kingdom: England
Production Person Initials
Sir David Muirhead; ; George
Production Person Surname
Bone; Country Life Ltd; Newnes Ltd
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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Men of the RFA cleaning their guns