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Two women are welding at work benches. The sparks create contrast and light their faces. They have their hair in scarves and wear goggles and aprons, yet their arms are bare and unprotected.
Nevinson studied lithography under Ernest Jackson in 1912. At the outbreak of war he volunteered as an ambulance driver, an experience which deeply affected him. He was appointed an official war artist in 1917. These prints follow the process of building aircraft from making parts to assembly and flight. ‘Acetylene Welder’ and ‘Assembling Parts’ both show the growing contribution of women workers.
This work forms part of the portfolio ‘The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals’, a series of 66 lithographic prints commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1917. The series provides a broad and fascinating representation of Britain’s war objectives, military activities and effort on the Home Front.
lithograph on paper
H 47.5 x W 37.7 cm
NMW A 13190
gift from H. M. Ministry of Information, 1919