In the Air 'Britain's Efforts and Ideals'; Making Aircraft

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  • Art.IWM ART 694
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 510 mm, Width 392 mm
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  • object category: print

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Object description

image: An aerial view from a biplane looking down onto a landscape of patchwork fields. There are also several villages, a road, and river visible below. The wing of the aircraft lies in the top right hand corner, and to the left of this are two other aircraft circling the same area.


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. The planes may be FE2bs, machines that served with the Royal Flying Corps from Autumn 1915. The pilot's seat was under the front wing and the observer/ gunner sat in the nose. The viewpoint in this work appears to be from the nose looking back at the starboard wing- tip.

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Single sheet, printed on one side only in black lithographic ink. Deckle edge along bottom, but the remaining edges have been trimmed.

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Department of Information commission

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