Lithograph printed in 1917 (published 1918).
From the set of six lithographs entitled ‘Building Aircraft’ published by the Stationary Office as part of the series ‘The Great War : Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’.
This is the fourth of Nevinson’s six prints, which show the process of building an aeroplane, from making parts, to assembly, and finally to flight. Looking over a patchwork of fields, the image conveys a feeling of freedom, far removed from the horrors of the trenches. Aerial warfare played a new and important role during the First World War. Nevinson shows the view from a two-seater plane, in which the observer or gunner sits in front of the pilot.
- National Gallery of Scotland