1916 WW1 War Print ZEPPELIN Airship CRASH at Cuffley Hertfordshire by FORTUNINO MATANIA

Airship crashes at Cuffley in Hertfordshire; a drawing by Fortunino Matania. Free UK postage on this item.


This listing is for a full page from a publication, as the date states and not a modern reproduction.

The subject is:

The First World War.

A full page print from a drawing by Fortunino Matania entitled The crowining mercy, Cuffley, September 3rd 1916: All that was left at dawn of the night raiding Zeppelin. Fireman attending the scene of the airship crash at the village of Cuffley; army officers, a pilot and soldiers in the background, Info. It was actually a Schütte-Lanz SL airship and not a Zeppelin.

Info. Chevalier Fortunino Matania (1881 –1963) was an Italian born artist noted for his realistic portrayal of World War I trench warfare and of a wide range of historical subjects. The Matania family from Naples were well known in the field of documentary art/illustrations in the latter part of 19thC and first half of the 20thC. They were also illustrators of World War I scenes for various publications.

On the reverse are two images showing the twisted lattice aluminium frame of the airship wreckage. There are narrow margins to the borders on the left side.


Provenance: The Great War - Amalgamated Press. Published circa 1916.


The page measures 310 x 225 mm (12.25 x 8.75 inches) approx. There are images on both sides. There is a little age yellowing with handling marks to the edges. This item will be packaged in a board backed envelope. The watermark on the map is for the listing image only and is not on the actual print. Please feel free to ask any questions, we will try to answer promptly. (212)

Condition Used
Weight 0.1kg