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.
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'. A relief party is here seen marching along "Regent Street" from the wood, "Ploegsteert", which early in the fighting became known to the Tommies and subsequently to official despatches as "Plug Street".
They are marching along the narrow footway made of small branches closely packed together upon bigger transverse ones below. The men carry back with them from their billets their various personal belongings. Advancing with the party is a lieutenant, map in hand. The men are in no immediate danger a long line of sand-bags, a little higher than a man, provides sufficient defence.
Above the height of 6 feet the slender trees are scarred with marks where the bullets hit then a glancing blow. Sometimes a man will turn his head to follow, as it were, the track of a singing bullet through the air. On the extreme right is a sand-bag shelter.
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