Superb original 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite photo by Vannerson and Jones of Richmond, Virginia, signed below the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee, Genl.” A presentation inscription on the reverse reads, “Norman Walker from his rebel cousin David Walker.” In fine condition, with a couple trivial creases to lower right corner, one through the end of Lee’s rank. The three-quarter length photograph of Robert E. Lee, from which this oval bust image was taken, is in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress which identifies the photographer as Jules Vannerson and the “Date Created/Published” as “1864 March.” On October 2, 1865, Lee was inaugurated as President of Washington College, Lexington, Virginia. A fantastic example and dignified image of Lee, who is quite elusive in signed portraits from any period. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.