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Robert E. Lee Autographed CDV

Vignetted portrait of the Confederate General-in-Chief, Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), with his distinctive signature, RE Lee, inked below, and P.E. Gibbs, Whitehurst's Old Stand, Richmond, VA/ Gary & Clemmitt, Print. backmark. 

The portrait is after one of Julian Vannerson's "blockade" photographs. Early in 1864, Lee sat in Vannerson's gallery for a series of photographic portraits to be sent through the blockade to Virginia sculptor, Edward V. Valentine, then studying in Berlin. Valentine was to make a small statue of General Lee for sale at a Liverpool bazaar for the benefit of disabled Confederate veterans. The exact date of the sitting is unknown, though Valentine received the photos on May 5, 1864.

Condition:

Even toning to CDV, light spotting on surface. Signature remains strong and legible. 

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

 

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