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Sir David Muirhead Bone HRSA HRSW HRWS HRIBA IS NEAC (1876-1953)

Sir David Muirhead Bone, HRSA HRSW HRWS HRIBA IS NEAC (1876-1953)

The Scottish painter and printmaker, Muirhead Bone, specialised in architectural subjects, and loved to depict buildings in states of construction, restoration or demolition. As a result, he made a good choice for the first Official War Artist, and was able to capture a range of environments affected by the uncertain conditions of combat.

The fourth of eight children of a journalist, Muirhead Bone was born at 1a Hamilton Terrace West, Partick, near Glasgow, on 23 March 1876. An early architectural training gave him a deep structural knowledge of what would become the best known subject matter of his paintings and prints. For he soon devoted himslf to fine art, taking evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art under Archibald Kay. He began to exhibit at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1897 and, three years later, just before his move to London, first showed at the Royal Academy.

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