2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

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

Thirteen – Snaffles Military Portraits


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Watercolor & bodycolor, 0" x "

$10000. - $15000.

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A schoolboy cadet, Snaffles was fascinated with the army, and his interest persisted as he grew older, enlisting as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery at age 18. He served in the Royal Garrison Artillery with the Colours for three years and for nine years with the Reserve. His works of soldiers, foxhunters, and the like appeared as illustrations in the years prior to World War I. In the early years of World War I his depictions of soldiers proved highly popular, but he was eager to serve his country and in 1917 enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service as a mechanic. In the 1920s and in 1934-35, he visited India and spent time with cavalry regiments before the outbreak of World War II, during which time he began producing more prints and illustrations of soldiers and war. Offered here are A Field Gunner, The A.S.C., The Oxfords, Le Guide, A Cameron Highlander, a soldier of West Africa, ?Is Majesties Jollies, Bengal Cavalier, The King?s Navee, The Fusilier, Ye Port Admiral, and two other untitled dashing gentlemen soldiers.

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