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Harry Payne: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Sunday, 12 June 2011

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Harry Payne was a noted military artist, born Henry Joseph Payne in Walworth, Surrey, in 1858, the son of Joseph, a solicitor’s general clerk, and his wife Margaret.

picture, Peiwar Kotal, Afghanistan

Storming the Heights at Peiwar Kotal, Afghanistan, during the second Anglo-Afghan War, 1878. Illustration by Harry Payne

He began his career in a Merchant’s office in Mincing Lane. Attended art school and then worked as a designer to a firm of military contractors. By the 1880s, he was a prolific artist and illustrator, and sold pictures to the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family. He produced several commissions during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year in 1887, including work on a book alongside his older brother, Arthur Charles Payne (1856-1933), the original sketches of which were presented to the Queen. He subsequently worked on books and illustrations relating to the Diamond Jubilee and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Harry and Arthur worked on military Christmas cards and post cards (for Raphael Tuck, Gale & Polden, etc.), illustrated material for The Strand Magazine, The Navy and Army Illustrated, The Graphic and various books for, amongst others, Cassell, Virtue and Routledge.

Payne, who lived in Forest Hill, Kent, died on 23 March 1927, survived by his wife Susanna Teresa (nee Cossens) whom he had married in Camberwell on 16 June 1887.

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