Artist Fortunino Matania: The sinking of the transport ship Ballarat by an enemy submarine, April 25, 1917

Artist Fortunino Matania: The sinking of the transport ship Ballarat by an enemy submarine, April 25, 1917

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Fortunino Matania:
The sinking of the transport ship "Ballarat" by an enemy submarine, April 25, 1917

Unmounted (ref: 7706)

Signed, inscribed with notes to the printer
Pencil, pen and black ink and grey wash heightened with white, on board; 
14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (36.8 x 26.7 cm)

See all works by Fortunino Matania ink pencil print maritime men work No Mans Land WW1 - 2018



Provenance: From the archives of the illustrated London News; Christies 7.10,.2014, lot 16


This image was  featured on the front cover of 'The Sphere',  The Sphere, London, 12 May 1917




The scene depicts the Ballarat on April 25th 1917 homeward bound with a large number of Australian troops on board when she was torpedoed by a German submarine. The troops lined up in order to man the lifeboats. 


This image is featured in the book The Art of Fortunino Matania: catalogue of original art & prints (fig 187).


Matania's Images of WW1 are the subject of  the recent publication, Goodbye, Old Man, Matania's Vision of the First World War, By Lucinda Gosling in association with Mary Evans Picture Library




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