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
A young man sits on a park bench in Mahon, Menorca, Spain
A young man sits on a park bench in Mahon, Menorca, Spain. He has a black bag on his lap and he turns to lean on the back of the bench to cover his face and rest his head on his arms. He looks to be either asleep or in despair. Date: 2013
© Philip Dunn / Mary Evans Picture Library
2013, Balares, Balearics, Bench, Despair, Despairing, Mahon, Man, Mao, Menorca, Menorcan, Minorca, Minorcan, Park, Rest, Resting, Sad, Sadness, Sleep, Sleeping, Spain, Spanish, Young
The Angel of His Dreams by George A Degray
The Angel of His Dreams by George A Degray, first produced Castleford, April 1909, then The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London, October 1910. The picture shows the standard contrast in melodrama of the good woman and the bad. The former has just come in the door, the latter lies drunk on the settee, left, as the man sits dejectedly by the fire. A little girl plays a violin. Date: circa 1909
© The Michael Diamond Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library