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Artist Picture

1881 - 1963

Matania was one of the most accomplished realistic illustrators and artists of his time, and possibly best know for his work during the First World War when he worked for the Illustrated London News, the Sphere, as well as the British Government.

Italian by birth, he worked as an illustrator for newsmagazines worldwide, but settled in London. In 1914 he became a war artist and visited the front several times which allowed him to view wartime conditions at first hand, and talk with soldiers about their experiences.

Rich in detail and carefully composed, his stirring paintings often depicted heroic or romantic scenes. The artwork that features in this exhibition is a rare piece from the Second World War.