Vintage Snaffles WWI Military Print, Le 75.
A good hand coloured Snaffles WWI military print ‘Le 75’. The lithograph shows a French artilleryman firing a 75 mm field gun. At the opening of World War I the French Army had about 4,000 of these 75mm field guns in service, this had increased to about 12,000 by the end of the war. In the top left hand corner margin is a remarque of an observer up a tree looking through some binoculars. The print is with the Snaffles blindstamp and is nicely framed in a modern frame. Ca. 1915, This is when Snaffles spent the First World War period as a special artist in France.
Charles ‘Snaffles’ Johnson Payne (1884 – 1967) was an English painter who specialised in water colours, and who’s subject matter was invariably equestrian (racing, hunting, polo and pig sticking), military or a combination of these. Snaffles had a very distinctive style by showing just one person in detail, in addition he added remarques and amusing captions to supplement the pictures and main title.
H 29.5cm x W 20.5cm
H 11½” x W 8″
H 55cm x W 45.5cm
H 21½” x W 17¾”