Artist who captured Old Portsmouth in all its glory

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Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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Four further pictures today from Gosport-born artist Martin Snape.

The postcards of his work were sent to me by Martin Halsey who has a collection of them.

Snape was born at Gosport on the last day of 1852 and died in November 1930. He concentrated mainly on landscapes from the Meon Valley, and shore and maritime scenes around Portsmouth Harbour and his home town of Gosport. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1874 and 1901.

Living in Spring Garden Lane, near Gosport railway station, Snape was associated with the Gosport area all his life.

In 1922 he was commissioned to design the seal for the newly-created Borough of Gosport (the original design is still used by the town’s football club). His most famous painting, Forton Creek, one of a series, still hangs in the town hall.

Snape is buried in the churchyard at Rowner church. He had a great fondness for Rowner, which was the subject of many of his paintings and was a friend of former rector, the Rev Edward Prideaux-Brune.

Four drawings by Martin Snape, a Gosport artist 1852-1930

Four drawings by Martin Snape, a Gosport artist 1852-1930