Building Aircraft: Banking at 4,000 Feet (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’)
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Building Aircraft: Banking at 4,000 Feet (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 fifth of Nevinson’s six prints, which show the process of building an aeroplane, from making parts, to assembly, and finally to flight. In this dramatically composed image, the artist expresses the fear and exhilaration of being a passenger in a fighter plane, with his hand shown gripping the side of the aircraft. He conveys a sense of movement by contrasting the strong diagonals of the wings and circular movements of the propeller with the patchwork of fields far below.

Glossary Open


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


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.


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


  • Acc. No. GMA 456 E
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 40.40 x 31.60 cm (paper 47.00 x 39.20 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Ministry of Information 1919