Muirhead Bone

Scottish painter and printmaker (1876 - 1953) who was appointed a war artist during WWI and WWII

Bone was the son of journalist David Drummond Bone (1841 - 1911) and his wife Elizabeth Millar Crawford (1847 - 1886). He originally trained as an architect, but began printmaking in 1897. He attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art and was self-taught as an etcher.

His first known print was a lithograph, although he is better known for his etchings and drypoints, usually produced in relatively small editions with the plates reworked through various states. His main subject matter was landscape, but he also focused on architectural images, often of construction and demolition sites, conveying the ideas of urban change and industrialisation.

When he settled in London in 1901, he quickly established himself as an etcher of international reputation and in 1903 he married the writer Gertrude Helena Dodd (1876 - 1962). He produced nearly 500 prints during his career and was appointed a war artist during WWI and WWII. He was knighted in 1937 and received honorary degrees from the universities of Oxford, Glasgow, St Andrews and Liverpool.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: Scottish
  • Born
    1876-03-23
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: Lanarkshire: Glasgow: Partick
  • Died
    1953-10-21
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Oxfordshire: Oxford
  • Cause of death
    Leukaemia
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