~ Framed Watercolour Of A Busy Scene In Portsmouth Harbour By Martin Snape (1852-1930) ~
A nicely painted watercolour of Portsmouth Harbour looking towards Gosport by the artist Martin Snape.
The painting depicts Portsmouth Harbour with the square tower in Old Portsmouth to the foreground with various boats and vessels in the
harbour and Gosport to the background.
The piece is signed by the artist.
It is mounted and presented in a glazed period frame with the original framer’s details pasted to the reverse.
~ Dimensions ~
The painting measures 16.5cm (6 ½ inches) by 25.5cm (10 inches).
The frame measures 34cm (13 ½ inches) by 43cm (17 inches).
It weighs 1.08 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The painting is in great condition with no damage, fading or foxing.
The mount has a little damage to one corner.
The frame has a few chips and loss of paint in places but is in a generally good condition.
~ Martin Snape ~
Born in Spring Garden Lane in Gosport in 1852, Martin Snape was a prolific and accomplished topographical artist, exhibiting at the Royal
Academy between 1874 and 1901. His oil painting of Forton Creek which was exhibited at the Academy in 1890 is currently hung in Gosport’s Town Hall. Martin Snape frequently painted scenes in and around his home town of Gosport. In 1922, he was commissioned to design the seal for the newly created Borough of Gosport. His work was also used to illustrate books and for postcards.
Martin Snape died in 1930. Both his father and his brother were artists, however, it is Martin that is best remembered.