Circa 1866 albumen photograph of Confederate General Robert E. Lee with inscription in pen below, reading "To the Editor's of Harper's Weekly with compliments Brady & Co. Washington DC." Oval photograph (8" H x 6 1/4" W) adhered to Brady & Co. mount (12" H x 10" W) with gilt oval surround and lettering. Pencil inscription upper left, "Please return to Geo. Custis" and upper right, partially illegible,"Robert E. Lee the rebel General___". This scarce image of Lee in civilian clothing, seated beside a table in an ornate chair, was one of six exposures made of Lee by the esteemed photographer Mathew Brady in Washington in 1866. The image appeared as a wood engraving in Harper's issue dated April 14, 1866 with the caption "Robert E. Lee in Civilian Life." Since Robert E. Lee's father in law George Washington Park Custis died well before the Civil War, the pencil inscription more likely refers to George Washington Neale Custis, a Washington, D.C. physician and former railroad superintendant and member of the New Jersey House of Representatives (b.1830-d. 1917). Provenance: the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee, by descent in his family to current consignor. CONDITION: Significant foxing and toning. Upper edge adhered to backing board. 3 small pinholes to area of mount immediately surrounding the photograph, small scattered stains, and a 1/2" tear at right edge, center mount.
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