Robert E. Lee CDV with Large, Attractive Signature on Verso
Measuring 2.5" x 4", Richmond, VA, n.d. A carte-de-visite bust portrait of Lee in profile, taken by John W. Davies (of Vannerson and Jones), ca. 1864. Lee is pictured dressed in his general's uniform, with a black tie and a closely cropped beard, and has signed the back of the image in black ink, "RE Lee." The card bears a Vannerson & Jones backstamp on the verso, along with two red, 1-cent George Washington stamps. The card has overall light soiling and wear at the edges and corners, with toning throughout. There is creasing and minor imperfections at the top margin, not affecting Lee's portrait. Wear and soiling on verso. With a large, bold signature. Overall very fine.
Robert E. Lee was an international celebrity during and after the Civil War, and small carte-de-visite photographs of the famed general were produced both in the South and the North as souvenirs. He sat for several photographers in Richmond, most notably for Minnis & Cowell in 1862, and John W. Davies and Julian Vannerson in 1864. Davies’ portrait of Lee in a dress uniform was a favorite of both General and Mrs. Lee and is one of the most recognized images of him to this day.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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