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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William Hogarth Gin Lane
Vintage engraving of showing a scene from William Hogarth's Beer Street and Gin Lane. They depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer. Set in the parish of St Giles, a notorious slum district, Gin Lane depicts the squalor and despair of a community raised on gin. With shocking scenes of infanticide, starvation, madness, decay and suicide.
Seven month old bulldog Overfen Shamus keeping warm in a sheepskin coat at Olympia where he is competing in the Ladies Kennel Associsation Championship, 4th November 1959. He is owned by Mrs E M Baxter from Peterborough. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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