Fortunino Matania's depiction of the First World War may seem at times highly sanitized and more reminiscent of G.A. Henty than Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but in terms of fulfilling the brief to provide readers of illustrated journals such as The Sphere that were so popular in the early part of the twentieth century with images of a conflict that would seismically reshape that century, his work was without peer.
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