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