Lot 136: FORTUNINO MATANIA (1881-1963). SOUTHPORT. Circa 1928. 39x49 inches, 101x125 cm. London Lithographic Co., London.
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
FORTUNINO MATANIA (1881-1963) SOUTHPORT. Circa 1928.
39 3/4x49 1/4 inches, 101x125 cm. London Lithographic Co., London.
Condition B+: repaired tears and restoration in margins; minor creases and overpainting along vertical and horizontal folds; slight time-staining at edges.
"In 1902 Matania had come from his native Naples via Paris to London, and by 1908 was regularly exhibiting at London's Royal Academy. Much of his work, as here, was commercial, but he did become the preferred artist for the coverage of many Royal events up to 1953" (Furness vol. 6 p. 87). Matania was primarily an illustrator who gained fame during the First World War due to his realistic paintings of the battlefields and trenches. After the war, he went back to magazine illustrations focusing mainly on historical scenes. His posters are accomplished with the same realism which gained him such renown during the war years. Pictured here is the Southport Sea Bathing Lake which opened in 1928 and was a popular Lido through its closure in the 1960s. Voyage p. 87, Furness vol. 6, p. 88.