NEVINSON, Christopher

British (1889 – 1946)

Building Aircraft: Making the Engine, 1917

Leicester Galleries 27; Black 16. Lithograph on wove paper, watermarked Holbein.
Edition of 200 signed and numbered impressions. One of six by Nevinson from the set The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals. Published by the Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Avenue Press and printed by Ernest Jackson. Very rare.
Signed, dated and numbered 22 in pencil.
15 3/4 x 11 7/8 in.; 40.01 x 30.16 cm.

This is the first of Nevinson’s six prints which shows the process of assembling an airplane. This industrial scene is descriptive, but the artist has emphasized the dramatic diagonal patterns created by the factory machinery.