Muirhead Bone was born in Glasgow, and trained originally as an architect. He began making prints in 1898, without any formal training. Although his first known print was a lithograph, he is better known for his etchings and drypoints, usually produced in relatively small editions with the plates reworked through various states. His subject matter was confined to landscape and architectural subjects, often focussing on urban change: construction and demolition sites. He was appointed the first Official War Artist, serving with the Allied Forces on the Western Front in the First World War, and served again as a war artist in World War II. He was knighted in 1937.

Further reading:
Kenneth Guichard, British Etchers 1850-1940, Robin Garton, London 1977
Drawings and dry points by Sir Muirhead Bone 1876-1953, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1955
Drawings by Sir Muirhead Bone 1876-1953, Manchester City Art Gallery, 1955