Goodbye Old Man - Soldier and dying horse during WWI
Goodbye Old Man is a striking image of a soldier bidding farewell to his fatally injured horse. Goodbye Old Man was commissioned by the Blue Cross in 1916 to raise money to help horses on active service.
The artist is Fortunino Matania and it is one of his most famous war-time illustrations. Fortunino Matania (1881 - 1963) was born in Naples.
During and after the war, his work adorned many a history book. During the 1st World War Matania mainly worked for the British magazine The Sphere as their star illustrator, usually producing one full page illustration or more per weekly issue.
He was also employed by the British government and commissioned by individual British regiments. He visited the front several times which allowed him to view wartime conditions at first hand and talk with soldiers about their experiences. From sketches and memory he could then finish a painting, often within a few days
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Warship Hms Hood
HMS Hood, completed in 1920, was the world's largest warship for more than two decades. She was finally sunk by the Bismarck in 1941 at the Battle of Denmark Strait
© Mary Evans Picture Library/DOUGLAS MCCARTHY
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Suffragette W.S.P.U Badge and Ribbon
A circular tin badge with green border, white centre and purple lettering - W.S.P.U Votes for Women. Attatched to the badge is a piece of purple, white and green satin ribbon. Date: circa 1908
© The March of the Women Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
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