Saturday, February 25, 2012

Harry Payne: Military Artist

'Telling Off a Prisoner' by Harry Payne chromolithograph 1891
Note: Im suspect the above oil by Harry Payne to be concerned with the events surrounding the presentation of a Russian deserter whose information was dismissed prior to the Russian move on Balaclava.
'The Heavy Cavalry Charge at Balaclava, 25th October 1854' by Harry Payne
Born four years after Balaclava, Henry Joseph Payne came into the world in Newington, London. An illustrator, Payne worked within the medium of oilette postcards, principally for Raphael Tuck & Sons and Gale and Polden producing illustrations for their postcard series. Whilst not limiting himself to military subjects, Payne was a prolific illustrator of events and particularly of British regiments at war and on home duties throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
'Sounding the Alarm, Crimea 1854' by Harry Payne 1891
Married to Susanna Terese Cossins at Camberwell on 16 June 1887 but not blessed with children, Payne served in the West Kent Yeomanry, reaching the rank of sergeant in the 1890s. He died in 1927.
‘Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan, Balaklava, October 25th, 1854’
Whilst many of his regimental subjects may fall within the uniform period of the Crimean War, there exact relevance to our subject can be uncertain. Of known interest to this blog is his ‘Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan, Balaklava, October 25th, 1854’ (above) painted in 1884. It is a colour lithograph of Cardigan on galloping horse in foreground leading cavalry charge with then 17th Lancers prominant.
Among the Guns - Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava Crimea October 1854 by Harry Payne
'Those Who had Fought so Well- The Survivors of the Light Brigade Returning from the Valley of Death' by Harry Payne
Note that several images are from the on-line catalogue of Cranston Fine Arts military prints which are for sale form their web-site. Numerous regimental subjects and uniform plates can be seen which relate to the British army serving in Crimea at the time or shortly afterwards.

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