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
Morgan Academy, Dundee, Scotland
Morgan Academy, Dundee, Scotland. Designed in 1862 by the Edinburgh architects John Dick Peddie and Charles Kinnear, originally opening (in 1866) as the Morgan Hospital, a charitable institution providing accommodation and education for "sons of tradesmen and persons of the working class generally whose parents stand in the need of assistance". Date: circa 1910
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2
Blitz in London -- St Bride Street and Farringdon Street, with firefighters at work in a smoky atmosphere and pedestrians walking by. On the corner is the British Mutual Bank where National War Bonds may be bought to help the war effort. Date: 1940s
© London Fire Brigade / Mary Evans Picture Library
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