Building Aircraft: Assembling Parts (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’)
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Building Aircraft: Assembling Parts (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’) Dated 1917 (published 1918)
This print is from a portfolio series commissioned by the Bureau of Information, called ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’. Twelve artists made prints relating to the ‘Ideals’ involved in going to war, and Nevinson was one of the nine artists commissioned to depict the ‘Efforts’ associated with war. This is the second of Nevinson’s six prints, which show the process of building an aeroplane, from making parts, to assembly, and finally to flight. Men and women work together to construct the framework of an aeroplane, which is thought to be a Sopwith Camel, an aircraft used by the British Forces from June 1917. Constructed of aluminium, plywood and fabric over a wooden frame, the Sopwith Camel was the most successful Allied aircraft used during the First World War.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Portfolio

A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Commission, Portfolio, Print

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 456 B
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 40.10 x 30.00 cm (paper 47.00 x 38.10 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Ministry of Information 1919