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The last Robert E. Lee photograph ever taken – boldly signed by him!
Lexington, Virginia, 1865-1870. 4.25" x 2.5". "Carte-de-visite bust Photograph Signed “R.E. Lee” on the image surface in lower center. Sepia, 2.25” x 3.75” image affixed to 4.25” x 2.5” photographer’s card imprinted at lower edge “Boude & Miley, Lexington, Va.” Surface flaws at hair and to the right of Lee’s face. First stroke at upper loop of “R” a bit light, but boldly signed by Lee in dark ink. Slight fading to image which may have been the way it was printed. Fine condition.An identical, slightly faded signed carte-de-visite image in civilian attire was sent by Robert E. Lee from Lexington to a woman in Louisiana on January 10, 1870, nine months before his death, according to Roy Meredith in “The Face of Robert E. Lee” (revised edition, 1981). The letter, to Miss Len Campbell, Jackson, Louisiana, in full: “In compliance with your request I send you my Photograph. It is the last that has been taken & is the only kind I have. I wish I had a better. Very respy R.E. Lee.”"
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