BONE, Sir Muirhead

1876 - 1953

Sir Muirhead Bone

As David Muirhead Bone, he was born at Glasgow on 23 March 1876, son of David Drummond Bone (1841–1911), a journalist, and his wife Elizabeth Millar née Crawford (1847–1886). In 1881, David Muirhead was a 5-year-old, living at 9 Buckingham Terrace, Govan, Partick, Scotland with his parents, 39-year-old David and 34-year-old 'Lizzie', with siblings, Drummond 10, James R. C. 8, David William 6 and John H. 2, of his brothers James became a journalist and David became an author, mariner and was knighted. Muirhead Bone qualified as an architect before studying at the Glasgow School of Art and began printmaking in 1898 but is better known for his etchings and dry points. His subject matter was principally related to landscapes and architecture, which included urban construction and demolition sites, Gothic cathedrals, and Norman buildings. In 1901, Bone moved to London and became a member of the New English Art Club and held his first solo exhibition at the Carfax Gallery the following year, Bone was also a member of the Glasgow Art Club with whom he exhibited. A war artist in both the First and the Second World Wars and an active member of both the British War Memorials Committee in the First World War and the War Artists' Advisory Committee in the Second. He married at Moss Side Wesleyan Chapel, Manchester on 31 August 1903, Gertrude Helena Dodd (1876-25 February 1962), elder daughter of Revd Benjamin Dodd and they had two sons. In 1922 they were living at Byways, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire with their two sons Stephen and Gavin. He exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club from Greyflete Ferry, Hinsby, Oxford in 1932 'The Kirk, Isle of Whithorn, Scotland'. Bone received a knighthood in 1937 for services to art and served as a Trustee and on the committees of several institutions including the Tate, the National Gallery, and the Imperial War Museum. Sir David Muirhead Bone died at Oxford on 21 October 1953, aged 77. He signed his works 'Muirhead Bone' or sometimes 'Bone'.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 136 Wellington Street, Glasgow
1900 1533 A Clyde Harbour - etching
from 1 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London EC
1903 1334 Houses at Temple Bar - etching
from c/o Colnagi, 144 New Bond Street, West London
1931 1186 The Golden Horn from Galata Bridge - chalk
from Grayflete, Ferry Hinksey, Oxford
1933 1218 Durham Cathedral from the River - pencil
1936 1203 Winter Evening, West Runton, Norfolk - chalk
         1215 February, West Runton, Norfolk - chalk
from c/o Colnagi, 144 New Bond Street, West London
1937 739 In the Sierras Nevadas, Spain - watercolour
         1134 Garden Front, St John's College, Oxford - chalk
         1209 The Trevi Fountain, Rome - dry point
from Grayflete, Ferry Hinksey, Oxford
1938 1141 Maundy Thursday, the Archbishop of Segovia... - chalk
1939 938 Building the 'Queen Elizabeth' - chalk
1941 585 Newhaven Packet, Seaford - watercolour
         768 Marble Arch Kiosk - pen
         825 Eights Week Oxford, 1938 - pen
1942 511 Railway Sheds, Marseilles - dry point
         539 The Pope's Palace, Viterbo - chalk
1943 524 Whit-Monday in Hampshire - pen & wash
         809 Piccadilly Circus: 1915 - dry point
         848 The Ritz Hotel from Green Park - pencil
1946 1006 Repairing the Viaduct, Brighton - chalk
1947 728 Oxford in Snow - pastel
1948 1016 Whitehall from a room in the Admiralty - chalk
1949 914 Sunset from the West Leas, Folkestone - watercolour
1951 754 Blackwell's Oxford 1950 - pastel
1952 1108 In the Cotswolds - pencil & chalk
         1127 The Tower of London - pencil & chalk
         1248 Railway Sheds, Marseilles - dry point
1953 824 St Giles Fair, Oxford - watercolour
         1001 Life study for figure for Sloane Square Fountain - chalk & wash
         1022 The Convent of San Paye, Santiago de Compostela, Spain - dry point

Works by This Artist