Fantastic hand-tinted 2.5 x 3.5 carte-de-visite photo of Robert E. Lee by Mathew Brady, boldly signed in ink, "R. E. Lee." Reverse bears Brady's backstamp: "M. B. Brady & Co's National Photographic Portrait Gallery, No. 352 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C." In fine condition, with lightly trimmed edges. Encapsulated and graded by PSA/DNA as "NM-MT 8."
In Roy Meredith's epic study 'The Face of Robert E. Lee,' he described this image as 'Perhaps the most eloquent view of all…never surpassed in simple honesty.' As a boldly signed, hand-tinted example of this iconic Lee portrait, taken by the great Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, it is an outstanding and exceedingly desirable piece.