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Fortunino Matania (1881-1963):
Reception at India Office on the King's Birthday, June 25th 1912
Framed (ref: 6664)
Signed, inscribed to reverse with titel and extensive notes to the printer
Pencil, black chalk, pen and black ink and grey wash heightened with white, on board;
14 x 21 in. (36 x 53.3 cm.)
See all works by Fortunino Matania chalk ink pencil print men No Mans Land Commemorating World War I
Provenance: From the archives of the illustrated London News; Christies 7.10,.2014, lot 20
In 1904, Matania joined the staff of The Sphere where some of his most famous work was to appear, including his illustrations of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. His reputation was further enhanced by WW1 through which he became acclaimed for his graphic and realistic images of trench warfare.