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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An Ideal Home No. V. The Spare Room by William Heath Robinson
This is W. Heath Robinson's solution of the spare room problem, a brilliant idea which renders it possible to entertain in the smallest flat without the slightest difficulty. The fifth in the series of the Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson. The illustrations from The Sketch depict ingenious space creating ideas for the spatially challenged home. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evan"
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The Last Stand of the Imperial Guards at Waterloo
The Last Stand of the Imperial Guards at Waterloo. General Hill calling on upon the Enemy to Surrender.Print by Riddle and Goughman after the painting by Robert Hillingford, published by Sketchy Bits, 1896. Associated with Gen 1st Viscount Rowland Hill, French Army (Imperial Guard Grenadiers). Associated with Napoleonic Wars, Waterloo (1815). Print Date: 1815
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