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Old 20-12-12, 08:30 AM
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Default 2nd V.B. Royal Fusiliers- Harry Payne ?

Amongst the items in the Bob Smith Archive folder covering the Volunteers and T.F. which I acquired is a water colour of the 2nd V.B. Royal Fusiliers.

It looks to me as if it is a series of sketches prepared prior to a complete picture being painted.

In pencil on the picture there are a number of notes,the larger one says "2nd Vol Battn Royal Fusiliers late 23rd Middlesex R.V. Field Day Order 6/6/90"

However the most interesting note at the bottom next to the monacled officers says "? Harry Payne from Life in O.T. Jan 1976"

Can any Royal Fusilier collectors tell me if Harry Payne was an officer in the 2nd V.B. and if so ,is that a good likeness.

If anyone can please tell me what O.T. Jan 1976 refers to ?

Also in the binder is a print of the 2nd V.B. R.F. and I wonder if this might be the painting resulting from the sketches ?

Any comments appreciated.

P.B.
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Old 20-12-12, 09:57 AM
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Peter,
An article on Harry Payne, military artist by R G Harris is in Military Modelling Magazine in February 1989. It says that Harry Payne (1858-1927) served 23 years in the Queen's Own West Kent Yeomanry joining around 1882. However, Harry and his brothers often posed in groups of uniformed soldiers and these pictures were later translated into his water colour studies. Harry would dress in the uniform of other mainly cavalry regiments.

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Old 20-12-12, 10:42 AM
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Tim,
Thanks for that there is actually a copy of that particular magazine currently for sale on E bay but you saved me having to buy it.

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