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Robert E. Lee twice signed carte-de-visite bust portrait

Scarce 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Lee in a profile pose, boldly signed at the bottom of the image, “R. E. Lee,” and signed and inscribed on the reverse, “Miss Emily M. Bennett, with the regards of R. E. Lee, Charleston, 27 Apl 1870.” Published by Alexander Gardner of Washington, DC. A bit of light soiling to the image, a bit of chipping to gilt borders, and a thin band of surface loss to top edge of reverse, otherwise fine condition. This photo was taken by the acclaimed Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner during an 1866 sitting and is an uncommon twice-signed example, with both signatures exceptionally crisp and appealing. The recipient, Emily M. Bennett, was the sixteen-year-old daughter of prominent Charleston merchant William Jefferson Bennett. On the evening of April 27, 1870, Bennett hosted an elaborate reception for Lee at his Charleston home, with dozens of guests including two former Confederate Treasury Secretaries—Memminger and Trenholm. Boasting two exquisite signatures and dated to a special event in honor of the distinguished general, this is a particularly interesting portrait. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Robert E. Lee

 

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RR Auction Robert E. Lee Handwritten And Signed War Dated Letter

RR Auction Robert E. LeeWar-dated ALS signed “R. E. Lee,” one page, lightly-lined, 8 x 9.25, September 10, 1863. Letter written from “Camp,” to Margaret and Carrie, referred to by Lee as “My beautiful daughters.” In full: “I have not seen you all day. I hope this has not made you as sad as it has me. I would have gone to you this afternoon, but heard you went to ride on horseback with some of the young men. Tomorrow I shall be engaged all the m’ing. There will be a review of Hill’s corps at 3 P. M., should weather permit. If you wish to be present, I will send the wagon & can then see you on the ground at intervals at least. Let me know your wishes. I have kept a basket of grapes for you all day. I send a letter for Carrie, which came tonight. It looks as if it came from the Signal officer. Rob [son Robert E. Lee, Jr.] does not like its appearance, and is taking refuge in sleep, in hopes to smother his sorrow. Good night. May good angels guard you & bright visions cheer you.” Beautifully archivally double-matted and framed with a portrait of Lee to an overall size of 22 x 16.5. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, all writing and signature moderately faded and light, but still legible, a bit of mild toning, and a rough left edge. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Robert E. Lee

 

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RR Auctions Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee Signed Carte-de-visites

Original sepia 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo, by the “Lee’ Photographic Gallery,” boldly signed on the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee.” Reverse is signed and inscribed, “Thos Launens Jones from his friend Mary Custis Lee.” Photographer’s imprint on the reverse reads, “The ‘Lee’ Photographic Gallery, 920 Main Street, over the Richmond Musical Exchange. Wm. W. Davies.” Some light scuffing and surface marks to bottom border, a few surface marks and light silvering to image, and blocks of toning to reverse, otherwise fine condition; and an original carte-de-visite of Mary Curtis Lee by Boude and Miley of Lexington, Virginia, signed in the lower border, “M C Lee,” and also signed and inscribed on the reverse, “For my kind though unknown friend T. L. Jones, M C Lee.” In very good condition, with fading and toning to image, lightly trimmed top edge, and toning and mounting remnants to reverse.

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RR Auctions Robert E. and Mary Custis Lee
Known as the ‘floppy tie’ portrait, this picture was taken in 1864 by John W. Davies in the Lee Gallery. Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., in his article ‘The Fabric of Command: R. E. Lee, Confederate Insignia, and the Perception of Rank’ published in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (Vol. 98 No. 2, April 1990), wrote that Davies ‘made a single image. The picture was, in fact, a favorite of General Lee and is easily recognized by Lee’s closely cropped beard, ill-fitting collar, and drooping black tie.’ Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 1, 2013 in Robert E. Lee

 

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RR Auctions Robert E. Lee Signed Scarce Original 5 x 7 Oval Albumen Portrait

RR Auctions Robert E. LeeScarce original 5 x 7 (oval) albumen portrait on a 6.75 x 8.75 mount, the full-length image, originally taken by Julian Vannerson in 1864, depicting Lee in dress uniform, his DeVisme presentation sword given to him by the ladies of Baltimore in one hand and his gloves in the other, signed in ink on the image “R. E. Lee.” Matted and framed to an overall size of 14.5 x 17.5. In fair to good condition, with scattered emulsion losses and abrasions to image (mainly to background), light water spotting (touching face, body, and signature; not affecting legibility), scattered toning and soiling, and subtle feathering of ink. The signature is otherwise dark and bold. Lee is quite elusive in signed images of this size.

An impressive image of Lee, taken during the lull before the start of Grant’s bloody spring offensive in 1864. Of only eight photographs of Lee known to have been taken during the Civil War, the present is the only full standing portrait. “The standing view is especially notable in that Lee is wearing both his military sash and his dress sword–the only time he was ever photographed in his sash” (Meredith, The Face of Robert E. Lee, p. 40). Lee disliked sitting for photographs, which explains the paucity of wartime views. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Robert E. Lee

 

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RR Auctions Robert E. Lee Signed Letter

ALS signed “R. E. Lee,” one page, lightly-lined, 5 x 8, Lexington, Virginia, January 7, 1867. Letter to Judge Ro. Ould. In full: “I have been prevented from thanking you for your letter of last Nobr. from the fact of not being able to read Mr. Pollard’s account of the exchange of Prisoners. I have his work & as you endorse his statements as correct, it will answer my purpose. As the truth will be sure to be controverted, it will be advisable to support it by all evidence bearing on the subject. Should I find it necessary, I will take advantage of your offer to direct me to other facts in the case.” In fine condition, with a crease to the lower left and a tiny area of toning to the upper left. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Lee’s hand.

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After moving to Lexington and assuming the role of president of Washington College in 1865, Lee spent much of his time assembling notes, letters, and data from the war. One topic that garnered great attention was the Confederate treatment of prisoners and the practice of prisoner exchange. Though willing to make exchanges earlier in the war, Grant ended the practice completely in 1864 in response to the Confederates’ blatant disregard for Lincoln’s order to treat black prisoners fairly; regarding them as slaves rather than soldiers, Confederates violently mistreated and frequently executed them rather than accept surrender. The Confederate Army became overburdened with prisoners and eventually released them in exchange for nothing, making Grant’s decision a key factor in the Union’s success. In his 1867 volume The Lost Cause: A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates, Edward A. Pollard (who had been imprisoned and released in an exchange himself) tackled the subject with great diligence and a clear Confederate bias. With the endorsement of Judge Robert Ould, the Confederate Agent for Exchange during the war, Pollard’s work served Lee well in his research. The two soon became quite familiar, as Pollard went on to publish two books on the general. An excellent letter regarding a controversial Civil War topic, with important connections to the intellectual community in Virginia where the Confederate hero found a home in his scholarly pursuits. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Robert E. Lee

 

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RR Auction Robert E Lee & Mary Custis Lee Signed Carte-De-Visite Potraits

RR Auction Robert E Lee & Mary Custis Lee

Original sepia 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo, by the “Lee’ Photographic Gallery,” boldly signed on the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee.” Reverse is signed and inscribed “Thos Launens Jones from his friend Mary Custis Lee.” Photographer’s imprint on the reverse reads, “The ‘Lee’ Photographic Gallery, 920 Main Street, over the Richmond Musical Exchange. Wm. W. Davies.” Some light scuffing and surface marks to bottom border, a few surface marks and light silvering to image, and blocks of toning to reverse, otherwise fine condition; and an original carte-de-visite of Mary Curtis Lee by Boude and Miley of Lexington, Virginia, signed in the lower border “M C Lee,” and also signed and inscribed on the reverse, “For my kind though unknown friend T. L. Jones, M C Lee.” In very good condition, with fading and toning to image, lightly trimmed top edge, and toning and mounting remnants to reverse.

RR Auction Robert E Lee & Mary Custis Lee

Known as the ‘floppy tie’ portrait, it was taken in 1864 by John W. Davies in the Lee Gallery. Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr., in his article ‘The Fabric of Command: R. E. Lee, Confederate Insignia, and the Perception of Rank’ published in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (Vol. 98 No. 2, April 1990), wrote that Davies ‘made a single image. The picture was, in fact, a favorite of General Lee and is easily recognized by Lee’s closely cropped beard, ill-fitting collar, and drooping black tie.’ Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Robert E. Lee

 

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RR Autograph Auction Robert E. Lee Signed Carte-De-Visite Bust Portrait

RR Autograph Auction Robert E. Lee

Original 2.25 x 4 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Lee in a suit and tie, by Brady and Company of Washington, D. C., signed below the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee.” Some slight spotting to image, mild toning to borders, and toning and mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Signed portraits of Lee from any period are highly sought after and quite elusive. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Robert E. Lee

 

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