The Acetylene Welder 'Britain's Efforts and Ideals'; Making Aircraft

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  • Art.IWM ART 693
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 513 mm, Width 389 mm
  • Frame: Depth 35, Height 735, Width 555
  • Mount: Height 682 mm, Width 508 mm
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  • object category: print

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image: two women are welding at work benches with vices. A cyclinder stands by the side of the bench. They are wearing scarves, goggles and aprons but their hands and arms are bare.


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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