Washington, DC: M.B. Brady & Co's National Photographic Portrait Gallery, No. 352 Pennsylvania Ave. nd . Albumen photo, 3 1/2 x 2 1/8 in., mounted on stiff card stock, 4 x 2 3/8 in., with the Brady imprint on verso. An aging Lee is pictured in civilian clothes, a bust-length image in three-quarter profile. Lee's signature, quite faded, is just below the image, and a note on the verso, in Lee's hand, reads "For R.E. Lee Karr." Marquis Lafayette Karr and his wife Maryann of Carrollton Kentucky had addressed a letter to Gen. Lee enclosing a photo of their son, and Lee's namesake, Robert E. Lee Karr, born in December 1863. Lee wrote back in February 1869, thanking the family for the honor, and later sending this autographed carte-de-visite from the Brady studio as a keepsake. Item #65217
This photograph of Robert E. Lee was made by Mathew Brady at his studio in Washington, DC in May 1869. This carte-de-visite is described by Roy Meredith in his book "Lee Photographs - the Face of Robert E. Lee," [NY: 1947]: "Perhaps the most eloquent view of all...never surpassed in simple honesty." Lee had been invited to meet with the newly inaugurated Pres. Grant at the White House. It was to be his last visit to Washington, he died eighteen months later in October 1870.