New York, East
12 May 1999
[LEE, ROBERT E.]. VANNERSON, JAMES. Oval albumen full length portrait of Lee, taken in Richmond in early 1864. 7 x 5 in., on original mount with the letterpress caption, minor damage to negative evident. With imprint: "Photographed by J. Vannerson, 77 Main Street, Richmond, Va.," SIGNED "R E LEE" in ink across the bottom of the print.
A SIGNED WAR-DATE STANDING PORTRAIT OF LEE IN DRESS SASH AND SWORD
A striking image of Lee, taken during the lull before the start of Grant's bloody spring offensive. Between the secession of Virginia and the surrender at Appomattox, only eight eight authentic photographs of Lee are known to have been taken. The present is the only full standing portrait. Lee is shown in an erect stance, in full uniform and sash, holding a pair of gloves in his right hand and with his left hand resting on the pommel of his dress sword. "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). For details on the sitting, see lot ___. Prints in the large format are exceedingly rare and no signed copy has appeared at auction in at least three decades, to the best of our information.
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