Place Published: [London]
Publisher: The Sphere & Tatler Ltd, 6 Great New Street, Fetter Lane, E.C.
Date Published: 1916
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
A portfolio of twelve photogravure signed prints in original folder, with printed tissue fly-leaves bearing titles and descriptions. This includes an introduction to the work of Matania (with photograph) written by Clement K Shorter, Editor and Director, The Sphere, dated 30 September 1916.
Folio: 21-3/4" wide x 15-3/4" high.
Card Mounting board: 21-1/2" wide x 15-1/2" high.
Signed Plates each: 15-1/4" wide x 10-7/8" high.
Condition: Original illustrated & titled folder soiled however, complete with original ties - cloth spine complete - hinges repair to folding flap - title page and introduction sheet chipped to the edges, with a few crease lines and a damp stain mark in the fold. All 12 prints have the original tissue guards firmly attached and in very good condition. The actual prints within the mounting boards are in very good condition however, a few have a slight damp stain to the mounting boards margins. All 12 prints have a blind stamp to the lower left corner of the print which reads: "Fine Art" "O*OPH*A" "Trade Guild" and the signature of F. Matania in pencil. The description for each print is printed on the tissue guard in the lower right corner. Overall in good condition.
Chevalier Fortunino Matania (16th April 1881 – 8th February 1963) was an Italian artist noted for his realistic portrayal of World War I trench warfare and of a wide range of historical subjects. At the outbreak of the First World War, Matania became a war artist and was acclaimed for his graphic and realistic images. He was one of the most accomplished realistic illustrators and artists of his time, his wartime work was immensely popular and appeared in nearly every major news magazine, Allied, Neutral and Central Powers alike. Literally tens of millions of readers saw wartime events through the medium of Matania's weekly illustrations and, as such, he played an important role.
Good. Item #7424