Lithographic print of original pencil and wash drawing, ‘Hesdin’ by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. Published in this series in 1917, it was originally executed in 1916.

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 four.

Hesdin is a small town in the Seven Valleys in North East France. It is today a site for one of the Commonwealth War Graves communal cemeteries. The print depicts the town hall in the centre background.

Muirhead Bone travelled to France on the 16th 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 pencil and wash 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
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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