Oil on canvas bust length portrait of Robert E. Lee, after a photograph attributed to Matthew Brady; the Confederate general is depicted in profile, wearing his uniform, with white hair and beard. Signed lower left Mary Fr. Higginbotham and dated April 1902, additional period paper label en verso of painting reads "Mary Fr. Higginbotham, Buckhannon Upshur County WV". 26 1/2" x 21 5/8" sight, 33 1/4" x 28 1/4" framed. Provenance: Alabama collection, purchased in the late 1980s in the Charlottesville, VA area. Note: The Buckhannon (WV) Record, March 9, 1951, carried notice of the death of Mary Frances Higginbotham, born 1877: "Born in Upshur County, she was a daughter of the late Coleman Cabell Higginbotham and Ida Day Higginbotham. She is survived by her three sisters, Miss Lulu Higginbotham and Miss Virginia Higginbotham, at home, and Mrs. H. M. Mathews, of Schuyler, Va. Miss Higginbotham was a member of the Episcopal Church and of the New Century Club. She conducted art classes for many years". CONDITION: Blacklight indicates revarnishing and 1/2" area of possible inpainting to subject's cheek; otherwise very good condition.
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