Sir Muirhead Bone

A Ruined Village in France: Bécordel-Bécourt

1916

Medium
Charcoal and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 308 x 478 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1919
Reference
N03436

Catalogue entry

N03436 A RUINED VILLAGE IN FRANCE: BéCORDEL-BéCOURT 1916–17
 
Inscr. ‘Bone’ b.l.
Charcoal and wash, 11×18 1/4 (28×46·5).
Presented by the artist 1919.
Exh: (?) Drawings of the Western Front, Aberdeen and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, May–June 1917 (68), as ‘A Ruined Village in Flanders, still shelled by the Germans’; (?)War Drawings and Lithographs, Whitechapel Art Gallery, October–November 1917 (123), as ‘A Ruined Village in Flanders’.
Lit: C. E. Montague, The Western Front, 1917, 11, at pl.9a, repr. (in colour).

Of the work exhibited at the Whitechapel Art Gallery the catalogue states that ‘the Germans were still shelling the district when the sketch was made’; in The Western Front it is said that ‘our advances of last year and this have now placed the village out of range of the German guns’. Bone also drew ‘The Ruined Tower of Bécordel-Bécourt’ (repr. The Western Front, 1917, 1, pl.49).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I