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
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Banished from Home, by Emma Litchfield
Banished From Home, by Emma Litchfield. First produced at the Britannia Theatre, May 1911. Nell, the gypsy heroine, looks back at her caravan for the last time, before leaving for London in despair. She believes lying accusations against Jack, the man she loves. The title, however, refers to Jacks banishment by his father who also believes the villains lies. Date: 1911
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Turco-Italian War - farewell to wives & families, by Matania
The Turco-Italian War - off to Tripoli: The last farewell to wives and families. The scene outside the Royal Naval barracks at St. Lucia, Naples. Wive and mothers congregate in the yard outside the barracks in the hope of spending a few last moments with sailors before they departed for the war. The sailors pass through a subterranean passage to the yard depicted by the artist. The old iron gates seen were at a disused entrance, long since permanently closed. Date: 1911
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