Robert Sneden Civil War Watercolor
I… just happened to find this in a book that my father had purchased many years ago. Just opened the book up, and there it was.
This little watercolor was done by Robert Sneden, who was a Union soldier who would have been at that point, who would have seen these things. He… would have done it from memory. He probably worked from old maps and things like that. You, no doubt, brought it in because you want to know how much it's worth, and a large collection of Sneden's works were sold to the Virginia Historical Society, in Richmond. And they have a great number of these, but yours is – is a select one. It's really a very high-quality one. This is - is a train on fire. Now, there's no auction records. There's no value stated already, but… we're probably talking about $4,000 to $5,000 as a value on this little drawing.
So for your dad to give you a book from a… from a rare book or used book collection, that's really nice.
That's very surprising to me.
Yes. Thank you very much.
Well - sure, thank you for bringing it in.
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