Charcoal sketch of Nicola Zaza by Guido Casini
Charcoal sketch of Italian Canadian internee Nicola Zaza, created by fellow internee Guido Casini in Petawawa Internment Camp. The artist's signature is visible in the lower right hand corner of the sketch. "Petawawa 21-VIII" also appears at the bottom right, dating the sketch to August 21. It is likely that the sketch was created in the summer of 1940, after Zaza was first interned, as he was released by the following summer.
Guido Casini was an artist. He was known in the Italian Canadian community of Montreal having worked on the sculpture for Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) and assisted with the fresco featuring Benito Mussolini in the Madonna della Difesa church. In Petawawa Internment Camp, both he and Guido Nincheri did coal sketches of fellow internees. Vincenzo Poggi completed sketches as well as paintings while in camp.