Distinguished 2.25 x 3.5 carte-de-visite portrait of Lee in a near profile pose, crisply signed at the bottom of the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee.” Published by M. B. Brady & Co. Handsomely matted and framed to an overall size of 11 x 13, with a window on the reverse for viewing Brady’s backstamp. In fine condition, with light soiling and a slightly trimmed bottom edge. This portrait was captured by Brady in May 1869 when Lee visited President Grant at the White House, the last time they would meet. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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Scarce 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Lee in a profile pose, boldly signed at the bottom of the image, “R. E. Lee,” and signed and inscribed on the reverse, “Miss Emily M. Bennett, with the regards of R. E. Lee, Charleston, 27 Apl 1870.” Published by Alexander Gardner of Washington, DC. A bit of light soiling to the image, a bit of chipping to gilt borders, and a thin band of surface loss to top edge of reverse, otherwise fine condition. This photo was taken by the acclaimed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner during an 1866 sitting and is an uncommon twice-signed example, with both signatures exceptionally crisp and appealing. The recipient, Emily M. Bennett, was the sixteen-year-old daughter of prominent Charleston merchant William Jefferson Bennett. On the evening of April 27, 1870, Bennett hosted an elaborate reception for Lee at his Charleston home, with dozens of guests including two former Confederate Treasury Secretaries—Memminger and Trenholm. Boasting two exquisite signatures and dated to a special event in honor of the distinguished general, this is a particularly interesting portrait. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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.