[CIVIL WAR]. ANDERSON, D.A. and JOHNSON, G.G., photographers. Albumen photograph of Robert E. Lee and Confederate Generals at White Sulphur Springs, WV. Richmond, VA: 1869.

8 1/4 x 6 in. albumen photograph on 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. cardstock mount (visible area), housed in gilt frame, 14 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (toning, some fading, few spots/smudges to print; occasional spotting to mount, some soiling; some surface wear to frame, unexamined outside frame). Copyrighted in the negative, lower left. Subjects identified in period ink in lower margin of mount. Verso with Anderson's studio imprint and inked notation. 

One of two known versions that was taken by D.A. Anderson & G.G. Johnson in August 1869 during Lee's third annual trip to visit the "healing" waters of White Sulphur in West Virginia. Personalities in the portrait include: standing (left to right), Confederate generals James Connor, Martin W. Gary, John Bankhead Magruder, Robert D. Lilley, P.G.T. Beauregard, A.R. Lawton, Henry A. Wise, and Joseph L. Brent; seated, (left to right), Blacque Bey, Turkish envoy, Robert E. Lee, George Peabody and W.W. Corcoran, both philanthropists, and James Lyons, a Richmond lawyer. The Face of Robert E. Lee by Roy Meredith conveys the author's insightful commentary on the White Sulphur photographs as they mark Lee's gradual decline. The author explains that while the majority of the men remained remarkably still while the two plates were made, Lee "dropped his hat; he shifted in his chair in a way that suggests discomfort, even pain" (Meredith, 1981: 81).

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