Albumen photograph, 5.25 x 6.375 in., on 6 x 6.75 in. mount, lacking a studio imprint but known to have been taken by Michael Miley of Lexington, VA, in 1866.
Following the Civil War, there was such a high demand for a photograph of Lee sitting astride his much loved war horse, Traveller, that Alexander Gardner worked with Michael Miley of Lexington, VA to accomplish the task. Miley made his first attempt to take the picture in Lexington in the summer of 1866, but it was so hot that he had to try again in September. The resulting photograph became one of the most popular portraits of Lee, especially in the South (Meredith, 1981: 68-71).
Provenance:The John O'Brien Collection
Even toning to image, with very light spotting visible in sky area. Mount appears to have been trimmed. Some light corner/edge wear to mount.
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