Collection: Martin Snape

Martin Snape (1852-1930)

We currently have a selection of watercolours (and one oil painting) by Martin Snape available to view and purchase online, or in the gallery.

Martin Snape was born in 1852 at Spring Garden Cottage in Gosport, one of six children of Alfred and Sarah Snape. Alfred was an art master and probably taught at nearby Burney's Academy, the school that Martin was to attend himself. Both Martin and his brother William Hamilton Snape (1862-1904) would become artists.

Martin was married to Clara in 1899 and would continue to live at Spring Garden Cottage until his death in 1930, establishing a fine reputation as a painter of Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport and the wider area, exhibiting a few times at the Royal Academy. A keen observer of the countryside, Snape was considered a local authority on its field-craft and folklore. He maintained a long-lasting friendship with Edward Prideaux-Brune, the popular rector of Rowner Church, and the two corresponded almost daily, sharing an enthusiastic interest in the flora and fauna of Hampshire.

Martin's friend Frederick Davison, who also drew the only known portrait of the artist, observed: "Martin Snape's recording of the ever changing scene in and around Portsmouth Harbour from sunrise to sunset, at low water and high water, the stench of the mud and vibrating greens, those rusty hulks against a background of yachts and the might of the navy, has never been so vividly portrayed by any other artist of the time". Another revealing letter from a student of Snape's describes him as having rather an artistic bent: "A quiet, kind, inward-thinking man who dressed badly and needed a shave most times".

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  • Watercolour of Point, Old Portsmouth by Martin Snape
    Watercolour of Point, Old Portsmouth by Martin Snape
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    £1,895.00
  • Watercolour by Martin Snape of Gosport
    Watercolour by Martin Snape of Gosport
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  • Painting of Monks Hill, Hill Head by Martin Snape
    Painting of Monks Hill, Hill Head by Martin Snape
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    £1,750.00
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    £1,750.00
  • Watercolour of Clarence Pier, Portsmouth by Martin Snape
    Watercolour of Clarence Pier, Portsmouth by Martin Snape
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  • Watercolour of Wicor Mill, Portchester by Martin Snape
    Watercolour of Wicor Mill, Portchester by Martin Snape
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    £1,175.00
  • Watercolour of Elmore Lake, Lee-on-the-Solent by Martin Snape
    Watercolour of Elmore Lake, Lee-on-the-Solent by Martin Snape
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  • Watercolour of Old Hulks in Portsmouth Harbour by Martin Snape
    Watercolour of Old Hulks in Portsmouth Harbour by Martin Snape
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  • Watercolour of Camber Castle, Rye by Martin Snape
    Watercolour of Camber Castle, Rye by Martin Snape
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