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 2015 - https://copyrighthub.org/s0/hub1/creation/maryevans/MaryEvansPictureID/10046868
Victorian schoolboy bullies
Two English public school bullies tie one of their classmates to his chair while another uses a red hot poker to adecoratea the boyas box. Bullying is nothing new. From aFrank Fairlegh, or Scenes from the Life of A Private Pupila by Frank E Smedley (1818-1864) with illustrations by George Cruikshank. Published in 1850 by A Hall, Virtue & Co.
© Linda Steward
Portrait of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), Queen of Bohemia, wife of Elector Palatine Frederick V
BAL99910 Portrait of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662), Queen of Bohemia, wife of Elector Palatine Frederick V and daughter of James I (oil on panel), 1642 by Honthorst, Gerrit van (1590-1656); 69.9x59.7 cm; National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: Painted during her exile in Holland, ten years after her husband's death.); Dutch, out of copyright.
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