Sir Muirhead Bone was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1876. He studied and qualified as an architect before turning to art and producing his first set of Glasgow etchings in 1898, for which he was inspired by the example of Whistler and Meryon. He moved to London in 1901 where he was introduced to London art circles, and in 1902 he had his first solo exhibition at the Carfax Gallery.
His architectural compositions, recording London’s development into a metropolis, and the 1909 publication of Campbell Dodgson’s Catalogue Raisonnee of his prints made him the most sought after printmaker after Whistler during the first quarter of this century. In 1916 he began exhibiting at the New English Art Club.
As his work developed, he began using dry-point alone to produce powerful and dramatic effects. His strong draughtsmanship was well-suited to the lithographic medium.
Bone was appointed England’s inaugural Official War Artist in 1916 and again in 1939. In 1920 he helped found the Imperial War Museum. He was knighted in 1937.