1870 Hand Colored Engraving of Robert E. Lee from the Lee Memorial Association
1870 Hand Colored Engraving of Robert E. Lee from the Lee Memorial Association – This fine lithograph of Lee in uniform depicts the General, over an inscription reading “SOLD BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ERECTION OF A MONUMENT AT THE TOMBE OF GENL. R.E. LEE AT THEWASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY, LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA”. The image was engraved by A. B. Walter and is stated, as such, with the caption stating this process was completed “After a Photo from Life”. Lower margins exhibit facsimile signatures of Lee; Gen. W. Pendleton, Chairman; and Chas. A. Davidson, Secretary. The lithograph is currently housed in a period, fine walnut frame, retaining its original glass. Of note is that Pendleton acted as Lee’s artillery chief during the Civil War and became chairman of the Lee Memorial Association afterwards, dedicating himself to preserving Lee’s “sacred memory.” This print was sold during a lecture tour in the 1870s to help pay for a memorial monument in Lee’s Chapel. The print remains in overall excellent condition. Sight size – 25.5″ x 19.5″; Frame – 30.5″ x 25.5″.