General Robert E. Lee and Staff, Autographed Photograph by Brady
Albumen photograph, 7.25 x 8.75 in., on printed mount bearing title, Gen. R.E. Lee and Staff, with Brady & Co. imprint and 1865 copyright line. The mount is autographed lower right, R.E. Lee. Housed in period frame, 13.75 x 16 in.
A fine image of the aged general, with his eldest son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on the left and Colonel Walter Taylor on the right, taken at Lee's Richmond home on Franklin Street in April, 1865, not long after Appomattox. Mathew Brady made six negatives on the occasion, all are seldom encountered. Brady would later recount that there was little conversation, though Lee changed his position according to his directions. Brady had been present from the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run until this "final" session, which completed his photographic coverage of the war, and this photograph is certainly one of his most celebrated images (See Meredith 1981: 60-65).
Ink is brown in color and remains legible. Toning to image and some cases of spotting along perimeter of mount. Penciled inscription from either a previous owner or the photographer on the top left margin of photograph.