Muirhead Bone Biography

Muirhead Bone




Muirhead Bone, born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1876, had first trained as an architect before turning to art, with an emphasis on watercolor and printmaking, in 1898. Bone trained at the Glasgow School of Art before moving to London in 1901. There he continued to study alongside artists such as William Strang, Dugald MacColl, and Alphonse Legros, evenutally joining the New English Art Club.

With the onset of World War I, Bone was kept from armed battle by being given an honorary second lieutenant title by the British War Propoganda Bureau, and ordered to  illustrate what he witnessed while deployed. Bone was, in fact, the first war artist enlisted by the British government. He produced 150 drawings while serving on the Western Front and with the Royal Navy.

Following the Armistice, Bone traveled and exhibited extensively, including in London and New York. He was knighted in 1937. He continued on as a war artist in the second World War. Bone died in Oxford in 1953.