Guards mustering for a Royal Review behind the Somme

Lithographic print of original drawing in watercolour and ink, ‘Guards mustering for a Royal Review behind the Somme’ by artist Sir David Muirhead Bone. Published in a series in 1917, it was originally executed in 1916. The print depicts a Royal visit to the front, of which many visits were made by King George V, and on occasion Queen Mary, throughout the war.

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 watercolour and ink 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
Guards mustering for a Royal Review behind the Somme
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
M 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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Guards mustering for a Royal Review behind the Somme