About this artwork

This print is from a portfolio commissioned by the Bureau of Information in 1917 called ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals.’ It is from the ‘Making Soldiers’ series, which shows different aspects of soldiers’ duties. Bayonets (a blade fastened to the end of a firearm) were part of the official weaponry for British soldiers during the First World War. They are still used by the British Army in modern warfare, and were employed during the Falklands War and the Iraq conflict of 2004. During the First World War, soldiers would practise bayoneting sacks of straw – in the background of this print rows of hanging sacks can be seen. The man in the image is dressed as if for fencing, and he appears to be jousting with an unseen opponent.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Making Soldiers: Bayonet Practice (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’)
  • date created:
    Published 1918
  • materials:
    Lithograph on paper
  • measurements:
    46.50 x 35.90 cm (paper 51.30 x 40.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Ministry of Information 1919
  • accession number:
    GMA 394 A
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
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Eric Kennington

Eric Kennington