Off Havre, taking the Pilot aboard a Hospital Ship

Lithographic print of original charcoal drawing, ‘Off Havre, taking the Pilot aboard a Hospital Ship’ by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. Published in a series in 1917, it was originally executed in 1916. The print depicts a fallen pilot boarding a hospital ship at sea.

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, part three.

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 charcoal 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
Off Havre, taking the Pilot aboard a Hospital Ship
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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Off Havre, taking the Pilot aboard a Hospital Ship