The Old Print Shop

The Basilica of War.

  • ARTIST: Joseph Pennell

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph,

    DATE: 1916.

  • EDITION SIZE: Edition 50. Image size 15 3/4 x 20 3/4" (40 x 52.7 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From the lithographic series "Pictures of War Work in England," which depicts the war effort of World War I. The series was so popular the works were reproduced and published in book format, using the same title. This is one of the original lithographs that inspired the 1917 publication. <br><br> "Here was another big gun planing shop, built on the same lines as a religious shop - why call it anything else? Only instead of shrines and side altars were lathes and planes, only at the far end instead of a reredos were the wheels of war; instead of Cardinals' hats, chains hung from the roof." - a description from the book, "Pictures of War Work in England."

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Signed in pencil.

  • CONDITION: Good condition, several minor tears in the top margin, well outside the image area.

  • REFERENCE: Wuerth #447.