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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King Manuel II of Portugal bidding farewell to his country, Adeus par nunca mais'
XIR346384 King Manuel II of Portugal bidding farewell to his country, Adeus par nunca mais, illustration from Le Petit Journal, supplement illustre, 23rd October 1910 (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: adieu du roi de Portugal (1889-1932) a son pays; last King; son of Amelie of Orleans (1865-1951) and Carlos I of Portugal (1863-1908); maria Amelia, eldest daughter of Prince Philippe, Count of Paris; Revolution in October 1910; fled on the royal yacht Amelia IV to Gibraltar; exile in the United Kingdom; Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha and Bragance; Saxe Cobourg Gotha; Emanuel;); French, out of copyright
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It is difficult to know who is the more outraged here - the gentleman with the beard, the servant, or the group of people at this social gathering. Whatever has been said or done! From "George Cruikshank's Omnibus", illustrated by George Cruikshank (1792-1878) and published by Tilt & Bogue, London, in 1843 (MDCCCXLII)
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