These files cover the series of published reproductions of drawings by Muirhead Bone, entitled 'The Western Front', published in ten parts between December 1916 and October 1917. The series were published from the offices of 'Country Life' magazine and by George Newnes, and printed by Hudson & Kearns Ltd. 'The Western Front' was ended because of Bone's ill health and the difficulty of supplying images at a fast enough rate to sustain the monthly publication. The publication was succeeded by 'British Artists at the Front', which featured a different artist in each of its four parts.
They discuss all aspects of the original planning and administration of the series, including the development of the scheme, publishing specifications, selection and captioning of images, introductory texts, publicity, reproduction requests and press notices and reviews. However, after the first file the papers become more administrative as the scheme settles down.
Muirhead Bone himself had definite ideas about the scheme and many of the files include lengthy and detailed letters on the subject. A number of files also include letters from Francis Dodd, Bone's brother-in-law, whom Bone had proposed to carry out portrait work and who promoted 'The Western Front' at the Front.
The first numbers were also issued in the US, although this was not entirely successful. Certain drawings were also issued in larger format portfolios of reproductions.