2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

55| Charles Johnson Payne (British, 1884-1967)

Group Of 6 Snaffles

Signed

Watercolor & ink, 0" x "

$10000. - $15000.

Provenance: Letter detailing provenance en verso

Signed

A grouping of five original works by Charles Johnson Payne accompanies a print with extensive drawing below the printed area. Payne, or ?Snaffles? as he was popularly known, built an impressive reputation upon humorous depictions of various facets of English life and remarkable draughtsmanship and depictions of the horse in action. A witness to both world wars, his most popular works contrasted and combined military life with peacetime pursuits such as racing and hunting. His work is recognizable by two main visual characteristics ? remarque, or uncolored sketching around the principal image, and some kind of additional captioning to supplement the title or further explain the scene. Included in the grouping is a watercolor signed and dated 1913, a period in which Payne was living at Oakham in the Cottesmore country. It depicts a lady in a lightweight dog cart driving a Hackney-type pony with four white points. The piece is based on Cecil Aldin?s print, Brighton Front, which depicts Aldin?s wife, Rita, and shows her bulldog looking around her legs. The cart was specifically made to go across country and the subject is carrying a hunting crop as opposed to a driving whip, leading most scholarship to assume the woman depicted was the notorious lady who would follow behind the area hunts in a dog cart, her companion in tow.

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