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"Ready for Service": P.14926-R(15)

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"Ready for Service"
The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals


Printmaker: Kennington, Eric Henri
Publisher: Ministry of Information
Draughtsman: Kennington, Eric Henri (After)




A three-quarter-length close-up view of a soldier who stands to attention facing right, the butt of his bayonet held in his left hand and resting against his left shoulder. The fur seen underneath the soldier's uniform is a reference to the goatskin jackets which were issued to British soldiers on the Western Front in late 1914, early 1915 to combat the severely cold Winter weather. A stack of bayonets can be seen in the right foreground and a group of soldiers at rest sketchily outlined in the background.


History note: From the printed Annual Report, 1919: 'A collection of sixty-six large lithographic prints by Muirhead Bone, Eric Kennington, George Clausen, R.A., Frank Brangwyn, A.R.A., C.R.W. Nevinson, William Rothenstein, Charles Pears, Claude Shepperson, A.S. Hartrick, and other artists, illustrating The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals, have been received from the Ministry of Information, under whose auspices these splendid lithographs were made.'

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Given by the Ministry of Information, 1919

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Method of acquisition: Given (1919) by Ministry of Information


20th Century
Production date: AD 1917


Monochrome print, in black ink only. Blindstamp of Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (George V) as used by HM Government at lower left. The paper is watermarked: 'HOLBEIN'.

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Accession number: P.14926-R(15)
Primary reference Number: 239830
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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