About this artwork

This lithograph is one of a series of six he produced for The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals, a print series produced by the British Government in 1917 to raise support for the war effort. Eighteen artists were involved, including Archibald Standish Hartrick, Muirhead Bone, Augustus John and Christopher Nevinson. As wartime propaganda, the artists’ work was subject to censorship and Hartrick’s lithographs showing Women’s Work, although initially sketched from life, seem a little staged. Despite this, they feel like portraits of real people. This print, with its subtitle Dangerous Work shows a woman with her face protected by a mask while she packs explosives.

Published December 2021

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Archibald Standish Hartrick

Archibald Standish Hartrick