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Print - Banking at 4,000 Feet
  • Banking at 4,000 Feet
    Nevinson, Christopher Richard Wynne, born 1889 - died 1946
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Banking at 4,000 Feet

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    1917 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nevinson, Christopher Richard Wynne, born 1889 - died 1946 (artist)
    Fine Art Society (publisher)
    Department of Information (publisher)
    The Avenue Press (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph, with scratched highlights

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Imperial War Museum

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.240-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case ES, shelf 72, box A

Nevinson (1889-1946) was made an official war artist in 1917, and claims to have been the first artist to have painted while in the air. He frequently made printed images after paintings, but in this case the lithograph came first, made for the portfolio published by the Ministry of Information to commemorate British valour during the World War One. His excitement at being airborne is brilliantly evoked through the rich dark tones of strong, tilting diagonals and the circular movement of the propeller, contrasting with the misty patchwork of fields far below. The subject-matter tied in very closely with his interest in the contemporary Italian Futurist movement, which celebrated progressive technology, notably the aeroplane and the motor-car.

Physical description

Aerial view from the back seat of a bi-plane

Date

1917 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

Nevinson, Christopher Richard Wynne, born 1889 - died 1946 (artist)
Fine Art Society (publisher)
Department of Information (publisher)
The Avenue Press (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph, with scratched highlights

Marks and inscriptions

Publisher's identification; blind stamping

Dimensions

Height: 40.3 cm printed surface, Width: 31.7 cm printed surface, Height: 47.4 cm sheet, Width: 39.3 cm sheet

Descriptive line

C R W Nevinson, 'Banking at 4,000 Feet', 1917, number 41 in a series of 66 entitled 'The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals'.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (Ed). Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection. London, V&A Publications, 2001.
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1919

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography; Abrasion

Subjects depicted

Aeroplanes; Clouds; Fields; Warfare; Aerial views

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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