Fortunino Matania (biography)Medium:
Limited edition Lithograph print on PaperSize:
15" x 10" (381mm x 254mm)Date:
Signed by artist lower leftThis is a Signed Limited edition print.
Repulsing the Famous Prussian Guard at Ypres (World War I). One of a series of 12 artist proof signed prints produced for the Sphere & Tatler in 1916, 'With the British Army on the Western Front'. The searchlights showed the Germans advancing straight on the Allies, a few hundred yards to the south of Zonnebeke. The attacking troops were exclusively composed of the Prussian Guard. Suddenly the German ranks opened and the machine-guns appeared. The situation was critical, and the British general immediately gave the order for a bayonet charge.
A colonel dashed forward at the head of his regiment crying, " For honour and England". The opposing front ranks met in a terrible shock, and the bayonets frequently went home at the same moment. This hand-to-hand combat lasted for an eternal half-hour, and the troops, on both sides fought with the grimmest determination. Before the irresistible onslaught of the British soldiers the Prussian Guard reeled and broke.
This art features as Fig. 90 in the book The Art of Fortunino Matania: catalogue of original art & prints