Painter, draughtsman and miniaturist who specialised in historical subjects. Born in Naples, Italy, the son of the artist Edward Matania, he studied with his father. Aged only 14, he went to Milan to draw for an illustrated magazine, taking up similar work in Paris a few years later. He also worked on The Graphic and The Sphere in London. During World War I he was active as a war artist and was honoured by the Italian government. Exhibited extensively in England, including RA and RI, and Italy. Queen Mary bought his work. Lived in London.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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