3. Muirhead Bone, A Ship-yard Seen from a Big Crane, 1917
This dramatic view from a big crane, looking down over a busy shipyard, is from the Efforts and Ideals series 'Making Ships'. The celebration of Britain's heavy industry was an unusual subject for art, but it gave scope for exciting new compositions, as we see here in this abstract arrangement of metal girders and cranes. Reflecting his initial architectural training, Bone's lithographs are meticulous in their detail, without losing a sense of the overall composition. Most of his 'Making Ships' views depict the shipyards from a distance, but in the fourth image of the series he shows the interior of a workshop on a more human scale. In World War Two Bone was a member of the War Artists' Advisory Committee, and he later served as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.