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    Robert E. Lee "Blockade Portrait" Carte de Visite Signed Twice.
    2.5" x 4", with a Vannerson & Jones, Richmond imprint on verso. A standing studio portrait of Lee, originally taken by Julian Vannerson of Richmond in early 1863. Lee is seen dressed in his finest, including a new shirt collar provided by the women of Richmond. Signed "RE Lee" at the lower left corner of the albumen and on verso above the imprint. The verso has a Mary Custis Lee inscription and signature that reads, "For dear little Rosalie E Webster from her cousins M. C. Lee and...Lexington Novr 12th 1866." This portrait was one of three versions that survive from Lee's session with Vannerson. E. V. Valentine took two of these for use as models for his sculpture of Lee. The statue made by Valentine was to be sold at a fund-raising event in Liverpool to aid disabled Confederate veterans.

    Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), American soldier and most famous general in the Confederate States army, was the youngest son of Major General Henry Lee, called "Light Horse Harry." He was born at Stratford, Virginia, on January 19, 1807, and graduated from West Point in 1829 second in his class. In 1831, he married Mary Anna Custis, daughter of G. W. P. Custis, the step-grandson of George Washington. During the Mexican War, he repeatedly won distinction for conduct and bravery. When the Civil War broke out, Lee opposed secession but was unable to abandon his loyalties to his home state of Virginia.

    Rosalie E. Webster was the great-granddaughter of Noah Webster, an American lexicographer and English-language spelling reformer. Mary Custis Lee's father and Rosalie's father, William Eugene Webster, were also cousins. William Webster fought for the Confederacy and was killed in 1862. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Toned throughout, with wear and soiling at the edges and corners. A few small imperfections and spots in the background of the photograph, which do not impair the aesthetic of the portrait. Minor toning and soiling on verso, else good. Bold signatures.




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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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