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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Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell
"There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding into the Land of My Dreams." Knitting themed illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell showing a cherubic little girl knitting comforts for the troops. The title (a pun on the length of knitting being created) refers to "There's a Long, Long Trail" - a popular song of World War I. The lyrics were by Stoddard King (18891933) and the music by Alonzo "Zo" Elliott, both seniors at Yale. Date: 1917
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The Canadians at Ypres - William Barnes Wollen
The Canadians at Ypres 1915 - This depicts the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at Bellewaerde Ridge on 8th May 1915. At that time the Regiment was part of the 80th Brigade, 27th Division, British Expeditionary Force. The Stonewall Brigade was under the command of General Snow. Original painting is in the PPCLI Regimental Museum at the Museum of the Regiments in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Date: 1915
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