The artist behind this sketchbook was Lieutenant William Blake.
Blake served on HMS Leander in the mid-1800s, around the time of the bombardment of Sevastopol (also known as Sebastopol). In fact, the Victoria Cross was created from Russian cannons used in the Crimean War.
This sketchbook, however, is full of watercolours that capture the events and people that Lieutenant Blake would have seen. There are scenes of bombardments and of troops landing, all which would have been painted as these things happened. The sketches are well-executed and are worth £2,000 to £3,000.
Did you know? The Crimean War is famed for the heroic British defeat eulogised in Tennyson’s poem 'Charge of the Light Brigade'. Out of the 600 cavalrymen in the charge, fewer than 200 died.