'Snaffles' Watercolour, titled 'The Bays' by Charles Johnson Payne
'Snaffles' Watercolour, titled 'The Bays' by Charles Johnson Payne.
Circa 1912, 2nd Dragoon Guard on Horseback.
20" x 16" Framed.
12" x 9" Watercolour size.
Charles Johnson Payne (Pseudonym Snaffles) was the fourth of a bootmaker’s eight children and from his youth developed a passion for all things Military. He tried to enlist in the army to fight in the Boer war, but was rejected on the grounds that he was too young. Eventually, Payne joined the Royal Garrison Artillery at the age of 18 as a gunner but in 1906 he was forced to leave because of illness. However, his time in the army was influential, as his first recorded works of semi-caricature portrait date from this time.
Invalided out of World War 1, he took a job as a war artist for The Graphic and it was during these years that he produced some of his finest military work. After the war his work became more varied, although he still often contributed to The Sporting & Dramatic News.
It was as a sporting artist that Snaffles built his reputation and, after the War, he worked on the Hunting, Shooting, Polo, Horse Racing and Fishing subjects which made his name. The classic series of Pig Sticking prints he completed in India in the 1920s are perhaps the images for which Charles Payne is best known and his depictions of Military life in the Raj are second to none.
Snaffles built an element of humour into his work and the captions to his subjects were often as important as the artwork. Much of his work was published in limited edition format.