out as a student of architecture at the Glasgow School
of Art, Muirhead Bone soon discovered he had a
preference for drawing and printmaking. Though he studied painting and
lithography, it was his skill with drypoint and etching
that would elevate him to fame.
exhibition was in London,
at Carfax Gallery in 1902. Gaining early recognition
for his etchings and drawings, Bone also acquired a reputation as a book
illustrator. Said to be an equal of Rembrant and
Whistler, Bone was once described by John Taylor Arms—a prominent American
printmaker and evaluator—as “the most accomplished drypointer
who ever lived.”
Drawing on his
printmaking skills and his architectural background, Bone was appointed Britain’s first
official war artist in 1916. Before and after the war, Bone spent time
travelling and working throughout Europe, some of his most successful work
being executed in Spain.
He also spent time in the 1920s travelling and working in America, exhibiting at the Knoedler
Gallery, New York.
Back home, he
became Sir Muirhead Bone when he was honoured with a
knighthood in 1927. He continued to work throughout his life, and did another
stint as a war artist in the Second World War.
Bone’s work is
highly collectable today. He can be found in most major collections throughout
Europe and America,
including London’s Tate Gallery, the National
Gallery of Great Britain,
and the Imperial War Museum.