Banking at 4,000 Feet
'Britain's Efforts and Ideals'; Making Aircraft
image: An aerial view of the countryside from the rear cockpit of a biplane. The land below is marked by roads and
patchwork fields. As the plane banks to the right, the pilot looks over to the side at the land below. There is a figure in the back, who's
arm and feet are visible in the left foreground.
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.
Nevinson often took risks while at the front, and was one of the first artists to do aerial pictures, even taking to an observation balloon
over the Somme.