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    Superb Post-War Portrait of Robert E. Lee Signed, "R E Lee", oval albumen print, 6" x 8.25", framed to an overall 11.75" x 13.5". Lee, as President of Washington College, wears a civilian suit in this Matthew Brady portrait taken in May, 1869. The former Confederate general consented to a studio sitting while in Washington visiting his old adversary, President U. S. Grant. The image has an earlier wooden back carrying a frame-maker's label dated September 25, 1860 and made out to a Mr. W.F. Stansbury. The whole has been placed in a more recent wood and gilt frame. An attractive deep sepia toning with a large, bold signature make this a great Lee presentation. A small water stain in the lower field does not detract in the least. Accompanying this piece is a photocopy of the frame's back with a typed note of provenance that no longer exists. It reads: "W. F. Stansbury, Jr. attended Washington & Lee College in Lexington, Virginia. Was in Ford Theatre when President Lincoln was shot, 1865. The picture of Robert E. Lee belonged to him. You will note on back of frame that it has the name of W. F. Stansbury 1860, that was our grandfather, and the frame was purchased long before the picture was framed. This frame was given to me many years later by Aunt Lily Durden, the back was in an old frame."

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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