DescriptionRobert E. Lee Signed Carte de Visite, "R E Lee", Gardner backmark, Washington, D.C. An excellent postwar profile of the South's most beloved hero as taken by one of the North's most renowned photographers. "One of the only two photographs which show Lee in sharply defined right profile" (Meredith, The Face of Robert E. Lee, page 87). Clean with good contrasts and a strong signature. Fine condition.
An April 25, 1866 letter from General Lee to Alexander Gardner is in the Washington & Lee University Collections in which he requests another 100 profile images without imprint. This one is likely from Lee's first order, which was received on April 6, 1866.
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