Martin Snape 1853-1930
Born in Spring Garden Lane in Gosport in 1852, he 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, also of Portsmouth Harbour and South Hampshire. He was also widely travelled. His house was next door to Gosport Railway Station, and Snape made frequent trips into the Meon Valley to paint. His paintings of mountain landscapes and other non local views show that he also journeyed further afield.
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.
The collection of paintings by Martin Snape is a large collection of oils and watercolours, unfinished sketches, prints and drawings. 188 works of Martin Snape can be viewed at Snape online. This is not all the pictures in the collection, but includes most of his topographical works of Hampshire scenes.