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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Bransby Williams in David Copperfield by Walter F. Evelyn
David Copperfield by Walter Frederick Evelyn from the novel by Charles Dickens (1849-50). First produced at the Lyceum Theatre, on 6th April 1923. Bransby Williams (14 August 1870 3 December 1961) played both Micawber and Peggotty, shown left and right respectively. He had already portrayed a wide range of Dickens characters on the music halls. Date: 1923
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Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). St. Petersburg. Departure of
Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). St. Petersburg. Departure of Russian officers to Serbia as volunteers in the army of General Tchernaieff. Engraving in 'The Spanish and American Illustration', 1877. Colored.
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