Not Taking Any by Snaffles



Title

Not Taking Any

Artist

Snaffles

Ref GM017
Type Fine Art Print
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Description  
This engaging winter scene shows a jockey mounted out hunting, refusing to follow a lady over a large hedge. The caption below the title reads as follows: Fair Thruster: ‘Come on it’s quite alright.’ Steeplechase Jockey fox catching: ‘No thank you Miss, I don’t do that sort of thing for pleasure.’ This work was created at some point between 1911 and 1913. This was a period when Snaffles was enjoying his first taste of success; he had made enough from his drawings and paintings to buy himself out of the Army in September 1911, upon the payment of £25. By 1912 he was selling his work at an ever-increasing rate, and had begun to move upwards both financially and socially. Snaffles’ hunting was at this point primarily with the Garth and neighbouring packs; it was here that he met Cecil Aldin, who played a key role in nurturing Snaffles’ emerging talent, and was to remain a close friend until his death in 1935. It was most likely Snaffles’ days hunting with the Garth that were to inspire this charming piece.