BONE, Muirhead

Muirhead Bone    Scottish 1876-1953

Muirhead Bone, etcher, born in Partrick, Glasgow, Scotland He studied and qualified as an architect but turned to art, producing his first set of Glasgow etchings in 1898, inspired by contemporary artist Whistler and Meryon. These prints introduced him to the London Circles and he began exhibiting at the New English Art Club (NEAC) In 1901 Bone moved to London and by 1902 had his first solo exhibition at Carfax Gallery. His architectural compositions recording London’s development into a metropolis and the publication in 1909 of Campbell Dodgson’s Catalogue Raisonné of his prints made him the most sought after print maker after Whistler during the first quarter of the century. As his work developed he began using drypoint alone to produce powerful dramatic effects. His strong draughtsmanship was also particularly suited to the lithographic medium. Bone was appointed official War artist in 1916 and again in 1939, he was knighted in 1937. He was the secretary of the Society X11 and Trustee of the Tate, National gallery and the War Museum.

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