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Sir Muirhead Bone, 1876–1953

Piccadilly Circus

Drypoint etching
Sheet: 16 x 21 15/16 inches (40.6 x 55.8 cm), Plate: 11 3/4 x 14 15/16 inches (29.9 x 37.9 cm), Image: 11 7/16 x 14 9/16 inches (29 x 37 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, The G. Allen Smith Collection, transfer from the Yale University Art Gallery
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
cityscape | historical subject | military art | war | world war | World War, 1914-1918
Associated Places:
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IIIF Manifest:

After the first Zeppelin raids in May 1915, London was blacked-out at night. The war seemed very far away to a young woman writing to her parents:
"One needs to come to London to realise that a great war is waging. London is dead at night as far as illuminations go-the traffic and bustle still goes on though. We even have to pull down our blinds before we switch on the light . . . . We then walked to Holborn-the buildings were beautiful-went into a restaurant and it was a wonderful sight. The illuminations inside make up for the darkness of the streets. The band was playing on a platform . . . the bandsmen were all in gaudy admiral costumes, the waiters were all dressed in velvet, the ladies were all dressed in style and we were all laughing and chatting and eating wonderful dishes. There was no semblance of war here. . . . We pass hundreds of soldiers every day, Belgians, French, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders. It is quite common to see them marching through on their way to and from the trenches. It is wonderful to see how bright and happy they look."

Gallery label for Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26)

Doomed Youth The Poetry and the Pity of World War I (Yale Center for British Art, 1999-06-22 - 1999-09-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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