Assembling Parts 'Britain's Efforts and Ideals'; Making Aircraft

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  • Art.IWM ART 692
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 512 mm, Width 380 mm
  • Mount: Height 684 mm, Width 508 mm
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  • object category: print

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image: several workers are assembling a biplane in a factory. The basic structure of the biplane is complete. Further back another group of workers assembles another plane.


In 1917 the Ministry of Information commissioned nine artists to produce six lithographs each on different aspects of the war effort. This is an example of one of the 'Efforts'. A further twelve artists were commissioned to produce a single image representing the 'Ideals' for which the war was fought. All the lithographs were produced in editions of 200 and the subscription price for a complete set was 100 guineas. The prospectus published on January 1, 1919 described the series as 'a first attempt by a number of British artists, working in unison, to put on record some aspects of the activities called forth by the Great War, and Ideals by which those activities were inspired. The prints were published by the Fine Art Society and produced under the direction of Ernest Jackson, himself a contributor to the 'Ideals' series.

History note

Department of Information commission


C.R.W. Nevinson 1917



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