Christopher R. W. Nevinson

Building Aircraft: Assembling Parts (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’)

About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    Building Aircraft: Assembling Parts (from the series ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’)
  • accession number:
    GMA 456 B
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  • materials:
    Lithograph on paper
  • date created:
    Dated 1917 (published 1918)
  • measurements:
    40.10 x 30.00 cm (paper 47.00 x 38.10 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Ministry of Information 1919

Christopher R. W. Nevinson

Christopher R. W. Nevinson

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