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Making Sailors: The Gun, from The Great War: Britain's Ideals and Efforts

A work made of lithograph on paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph on paper.




Frank Brangwyn
English, 1867-1956

About this artwork

The vantage point of this print invites the viewer to identify with a group of British sailors as they duck behind the gunner on a destroyer battleship. Brangwyn, along with 17 other British artists, created a series of lithographic prints issued by the Ministry of Information. The Great War: Britain’s Ideals and Efforts sought to patriotically remind the people of Great Britain of the material production necessary for the war effort. Brangwyn documented a young man’s passage into the navy, utilizing a first-person point of view in this image.


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Frank Brangwyn


Making Sailors: The Gun, from The Great War: Britain's Ideals and Efforts


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1917


Lithograph on paper


Image/plate: 46.5 × 36.5 cm (18 5/16 × 14 3/8 in.); Sheet: 52.7 × 39.1 cm (20 3/4 × 15 7/16 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. John Jenkins

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