Snaffles

  • “The Seventh”
  • “The Nineteenth”
  • “The Cherubims”
  • “The 7th Black Horse”
  • “The Tigers”
  • “The Field Gunners” c. 1911, Watercolor, 13 x 17 inches, 17 x 21 inches, Signed in gouache
  • “The Prince of Wales Dragoons” c. 1913, Watercolor, 7 x 5 inches, Signed in gouache
  • “Sport In The Shiney by Snaffles, The Game of Sahibs and Rajas” c. 1911, Original watercolour on hand coloured print, 19 x 25 inches, 30 x 36 inches, 2" distressed gold frame with decorative cream mount, Ultra scarce, Excellent condition | Contains various polo scenes, pig sticking and hunting scenes in India.
  • "The Officers 1906-7" c.1910, Original watercolour with gouache, 12 x 17 inches, 18 x 24 inches (framed), 3" mahogany frame with silver slip original, Inscribed and signed in watercolour, Excellent condition
  • “Carpet Beaters vs. Bobbery Wallahs” c. 1930, Handcolored print, 17.7 x 27.8 inches (45 x 70.5 cm), Numbered in pencil bottom left, Embossed Snaffles bits stamp on the mount
  • “Sketches of the British Army - Infantry” c.1906, Original watercolour with ink background, 11 x 8 inches, Signed: Charles Payne | 5th Northumberland Fusiliers / 1st Royal Scots / Ikonas / Piper Cameron Highlanders / 52nd Oxford / Royal Irish Rifles / Welsh Fusiliers / Drummer Scots Guards / Centre piece: Royal Berks
  • “Sketches of the British Army - Cavalry” c.1906, Original watercolour with ink background, 11 x 8 inches, Signed: Charles Payne | The Royals / Life Guards/ The Blues / 13th Lancers/ 7th Lancers / 11th Hussars / Centre piece: Royal Irish Lancers
  • “Polo - by Snaffles” and “Polo - It's The Pace That Kills The Finances” c. 1920, Two watercolours framed as one, Signed upper left, 10 x 15 inches, Condition for each is excellent, Rare and scarce
  • “The 28th Light Cavalree” Original watercolour, Titled and signed
  • “The 30th Foot” Original watercolour, Titled and signed
  • “The Fifth” Original Watercolour, Titled and signed
  • “King Edwards Own” Original watercolour, Titled and signed
  • “The Egyptian Army The 11th Soudanese” Original Watercolour, Titled and signed
  • “The Lily-White Lancers” c.1908, Original watercolour, 14 x 10 inches, Titled and signed in gouache
  • “Late The Dug Ups” Indian Auxiliary Army, c.1909, Original watercolour, 9 x 12 inches, Monogrammed CJP, Titled and signed in ink
  • “The Fifth Green Horse” Portrait of an officer, c.1912, Original watercolour, 14 x 10 inches, Titled and signed in ink
  • “The Bedfords” c.1911, Original watercolour with gouache highlighting, 13 x 10 inches, Titled and signed in gouache
  • “The Sappers” Study of an officer of the 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers, c.1910, Original watercolour, 9 x 6 inches, Titled and signed in ink
  • “The Royal Irish Rifles by Sniper” c.1925, Original watercolour, 17 x 13 inches, Titled and signed in brown watercolour
  • “Cameronian officer with his dog” c.1912, Original watercolour with gouache, 16 x 13 inches, Signed in gouache
  • “The Tigers” c.1910, Original watercolour with gouache, 16 x 12 inches, Signed, With cross snaffles embossing
  • “A Giddy Sub” c.1905, Original watercolour with ink outline, 10 x 7 inches, Titled and signed in ink, Signed Charlie Payne
  • “The Faughs” Royal Irish Fusilers, c.1908, Original watercolour, 13 x 9 inches, Titled and signed in white gouache
  • “Gee-Gee Junior” Original handcoloured print, 12 x 7 inches, Signed
  • “Yours to a cinder - Charlie Payne ’05” c.1905, Original pen and ink drawing, 10 x 5 inches, Signed
  • “Royal Irish Rifles”
  • “Once upon a Time” Published c. 1941, Military print, 15 x 21 inches, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “Sandown” Print, 21 x 27 inches, with .75" black frame, Signed in pencil with blind stamp | There is some deterioration to the outer border of the backing paper but the print itself is in good condition.
  • “Soldiers” c.1922, Print, 23 x 16 inches, with .75" black frame, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp, Good condition
  • “A National Candidate” c. 1932, Print, 20 x 18 inches, with .75" black frame, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “Oh! To be In Ireland, now that April’s there.” c.1952, Print, 22 x 28 inches, with .75" black frame, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp, Good condition
  • “The Worst View in Europe” c. 1922, Print, 18 x 28 inches, with .75" black frame, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “Jack” Indian print, 20 x 29 inches, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “The Finest View in Asia” c. 1928, Pig sticking print, 17 x 27.5 inches, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “Peshawar Vale” c.1932, Pig sticking print, 20 x 29 inches, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “The Wet Nalla” Pig sticking print, 17 x 25 inches, Signed in pencil with Snaffles blind stamp
  • “Indian Cavalry” Print, Titled and signed
  • “The Dacoit” Print, Titled and signed
  • “Forward Heat!” Print, Titled and signed
  • “Getting Cantankerous” Print, Titled and signed
  • “Mister Stripes” Print, Titled and signed
  • “Pig” Print, Titled and signed
  • The Snaffles “Red Book” is a selection of Hunting & Racing prints by Snaffles that was compiled by Mark Flower in 1983. It is a limited edition of 750 produced by Millwood Press Ltd in New Zealand.

Charles Johnson Payne
British, (1884-1967)

Snaffles was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on 17th January 1884. His earliest childhood memories were of the Warwickshire Yeomanry Cavalry parading through the streets of Warwick and of the exciting and colourful stories told by his great uncle of the Crimean War. From these memories came Snaffles’ interest in horses and the military, an interest that led him to become one of the foremost sporting and military artists of the 20th Century.

Charles Johnson Payne (Snaffles) began his career as an artist in 1914, reporting on the war in France. Between 1918 and 1939, he focused on country pursuits, producing more than 60 titles for prints covering hunting, polo, pig-sticking and racing. Sadly, most of his original drawings were destroyed in a warehouse fire at the end of the Second World War. The prints, however, can be regarded as original works of art. Although produced photographically, most are hand-coloured by the artist and his sisters, who ran a sort of cottage industry. The best originals should be signed.

The first of his sketches were printed in “The Graphic” in November 1914 and the flow of work from France was seemingly unstemmable, although his eye for detail never suffered at the hand of speed. The patriotic essence of his war work proved popular at home and this led to the reworking of many of his sketches into prints, which were eagerly awaited by his growing following of collectors.

Snaffles also illustrated and wrote books on hunting and military themes, as well as producing his own greetings cards, some printed and hand-coloured, others original sketches – all these items are equally sought after by collectors.