"Goodbye Old Man", watercolour, painted by Fortunino Matania (Italian, 1881-1963), showing a British soldier saying farewell to his dying horse. The painting was commissioned by The Blue Cross Fund in 1916 to raise money to help relieve the suffering of horses on active service in Europe.  Over one million horses saw service with the British Army during World War I and The Blue Cross treated thousands.

Moving painting by Matania rekindles memories of ‘Irish Times’ readers

A catalogue from 1950 for the sale of the contents of Shelton Abbey

Auction catalogues for house contents sales rise in value and are now collectable

Fresh air: Artists at the “paint-outs” in various locations around Wexford during the Art in the Open festival

The annual outdoor painting festival in the southeast draws artists from Ireland and overseas

Left: Highclere Castle. Right: Table setting at Highclere

Online-only auction offers real experience of Highclere Castle

‘Corpus’ figure from 12th or 13th century fetches €350,000 at Sotheby’s auction

The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois, a painting by Fortunio Matania.The painting shows Co Tipperary-born Fr Francis Gleeson, igiving absolution on the evening before the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915. Photograph: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans Michael Parsons

Stole found in storage in London museum with copy of famous painting

James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers valuing the objects that were purchased as part of our Five Go on a Treasure Hunt series. Photograph: Alan Betson

Five Go on a Treasure Hunt: We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to flea markets and car-boot sales to seek b(...)

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