June 22, 2018 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Robert E. Lee & Family CDVs, incl. View Autographed by Mary Custis Lee

Lot of 3 CDVs, featuring a view of Robert E. Lee with Traveler, verso with imprint of Boude & Miley, Lexington, VA, and 1869 inked inscription from "Mary Jones Mallard"; autographed CDV of Mary Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee, signed on mount below image. Verso with imprint of Stonewall Art Gallery / Boude & Miley, Lexington, VA, and previous owner's inked inscription, including note about portrait, which was "Painted by Mrs. Robt. E. Lee (Mary Custis)"; and 2 x 3.25 in. calling card identified to Rev. Mallard on front, reverse side with ringlet of Traveler's mane attached and period inked note, "Mane of Gen. Lee's War Horse 'Traveler.'"

Accompanied by typed note of provenance, which states: "The picture of the war horse 'Traveler' and his mane were given to Miss Mary J. Mallard when she was a little girl by her mother's bridesmaid who was at one time engaged to Gen. Lee's son. The engagement was broken off and neither ever married. The photos are autographed. The one of Mrs. Lee was painted by herself." 


CDVs of Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee have lightened significantly. Each with scattered spotting/foxing. Two small pinholes along top margin of R.E. Lee CDV. Light spotting on calling card. 

Although note of provenance states that both images are autographed, only the CDV of Mary Custis Lee is autographed. The R.E. Lee photograph is not signed. Mary Custis Lee's signature is strong, legible. 

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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