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1887 W.M. Snyder "chalk" 17"x29"
While at an estate sale in Madison, Indiana recently, I purchased an extremely old "painting" ( I thought) in a
gorgeous goldtone frame. After a few days I decided to take the back off the art to somewhat clean in preparation to hang it. To my surprise, the painting was not a painting, but a chalk. On the back of the canvas board in the lower rt hand hand corner was signed in lead pencil W.M Snyder 1887. I had no clue that he did chalks. I carefully reassembled the piece and tucked it away safely. Do you have any clue of its value, and how often did he use chalk ??? The piece of art has beech trees,water, split rail fence ( in back ground) extreme details. Also, I puchased a signed oil painting signed W.M. Snyder that only measures 5"x15". It is in period frame and is a beautiful painting. My collector friends have never seen a Snyder of this size. Any info ? Value ? I need to know for insurance purposes. Thank You. Jes
PLEASE HELP ME!!
I have a W.M. Snyder painting found. The family said the grandmother had it hung in home for years. Judging by back and frame and canvas, it is VERY old. The signature is "WM Snyder" and it is a landscape. When you put light on it, it looks like the landscape goes on and on forever back....no light, it is just an oil! HOW DO YOU KNOW, as most painting have "W. Mck Snyder".....please advise!
I do not know anything about your painting but there was another painting on deerskin in the auction area, CHIEF WOLF ROBE-CHEYENNE, that too was painted on deerskin. Maybe they were painted in the same time as part of a set.
I have an early 1900's painting of Geronimo called "On the Alert" painted on deerskin by William McK. Snyder. Was wondering about this painting - - -if anyone knows anything about it. My grandparents got it out west in the 1930's, but we believe it was painted around 1908 or so.
william mckendree snyder
Born in 1848 or 1849 in Liberty, Indiana, Snyder came to Madison with his parents at the age of five. His father, William Washington Snyder, was a Methodist minister and later was instrumental in organizing the construction of the Trinity Methodist Church building in Madison.
At age 12, young William served as a drummer boy in the Civil War while his father was a chaplain. He took up painting after returning from the war, receiving his first art lessons from his father (six months’ worth) and later going East to study under such nationally known artists as Albert Bierstadt and George Innes. His early works included many portraits and commercial pictures with classical or literary subjects.
Affected by the general economic hard times of the 1870s, Snyder and his recently wedded wife (Alena Belle Rodocker of Moores Hill, Indiana) returned to Madison, where he was to spend the rest of his life. He continued to paint portraits of local notables, but came to spend more and more of his time creating the lovely southern Indiana landscapes for which he is primarily recognized today.
The Cincinnati Commercial Tribune had this to say about him (ca. 1912): "Although not a resident of Cincinnati at the present time, there are few artists whose pictures are better known to local partons of art than those of W. McKendree Snyder, the painter of beech-tree forests. Mr. Snyder’s home is in Madison, Ind., but he is known personally to many of the artists of [Cincinnati], where his pictures have become general favorites.... Mr. Snyder is a realist, and a careful attention to detail is one of his most notable characteristics, as it is of so many older artists. Each leaf in his picture of the forest is as carefully done as the trunk of the tree. He is always highly complimented on his perspective and his rich autumn colorings are fine. His work is always true to nature and is wonderfully pleasing."
Snyder died in 1930, leaving an estate of $10,000 (then a considerable sum). Today, his works can be found all over the country and are seriously collected in Madison and Jefferson County.
Painting on Wm McK Snyder summary page
The painting on the Summary Page for William McKendree Snyder is familiar to me. It hung in my grandparents home and then my own childhood home after my grandparents death. I was so surprised to find it on the summary page. I would appreciate information concerning this painting.