A Chataeu near Brie on the Somme

Lithographic print of original coloured chalks and wash drawing, ‘A Chateau near Brie on the Somme’, by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. Published in a series in 1917, it was originally executed in 1916. The scene is of total destruction, with the only feature remaining being a tall neo-classical column. The area around the column is scattered with fallen masonry and stone.

This print 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. 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.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
lithograph on paper
Common Name
A Chataeu near Brie on the Somme
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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A Chataeu near Brie on the Somme