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The Royal Maundy in St Paul's, April, 1911
Unmounted (ref: 6581)
Signed, inscribed with notes to the printer
Pencil, black chalk, pen and black ink and grey wash heightened with white, on board;
14 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (37 x 27 cm.)
Provenance: From the archives of the illustrated London News; Christies 7.10,.2014, lot 20
Every year at Easter Her Majesty presents special 'Maundy money' to local pensioners in a UK cathedral or abbey. The presentation takes place on Maundy Thursday in recognition of the service of elderly people to their community and their church.
In 1904, Matania joined the staff of The Sphere where some of his most famous work was to appear, including his illustrations of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. His reputation was further enhanced by WW1 through which he became acclaimed for his graphic and realistic images of trench warfare.