Carte-De-Visite Taken from Brady Photograph, Signed By Ulysses S. Grant with Carte-De-Visite of Robert E. Lee, Signed
GRANT, Ulysses S. Signed Photograph. “U.S. Grant / Lt. Gen. U.S.A.” [together with] Carte-de-visite of Robert E. Lee, signed. New York: E. & H.T. Anthony , 1864.
Carte-de-Visite taken from Brady's negative at the National Photographic Portrait Galleries, circa 1864. Just below the photograph on the mount, signed: "U.S. Grant, Lt. Gen. U.S.A." Photograph measure (80 x 56 mm) on small mount card sized (94 x 62 mm). Matted framed and glazed. Gilt frame measures (11 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches; 282 x 232 mm). Each corner of the carte-de-visite is minorly clipped at an small angel. Carte is mounted on a blue background, matted and framed in a gilt frame. About fine.

A seated portrait of Grant in uniform taken from Brady's negative at the National Photographic Portrait. "Mathew Brady helped create, collect, and preserve a majority of the Civil War images and important political figures of the day. Thousands of his glass plate negatives are in the National Archives in Washington, DC" (ANB). We can determine the approximate year of this photograph based on Grant signing this as "Lt. General." Grant was promoted to" Lt. General" in March 1864, a title that had previously been reserved for George Washington. In July of 1866, he was promoted to the newly created rank of "General."

[together with]

LEE, Robert E. Carte-de-visite photograph signed. Richmond, VA: "Lee" Photographic Gallery, [n.d.c.a. 1864-68].

Albumen print taken from photograph attributed to John Davies. This portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform showing three stars is signed by him just below the vignette image. This portrait is know as the “floppy tie” portrait showing Lee’s tie partially undone. It was a favorite portrait of both Lee and his wife. On the upper right corner of the carte is a very small manuscript "1868". On the lower edge of the mount card, it is imprinted with "The Lee Gallery" and "Richmond." The image measures (91 x 56 mm) on small mount card which measures (102 x 62 mm). Matted framed and glazed. Gilt frame measures 10 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches; 262 x 218 mm). The Carte is double-matted and framed in a gilt frame. About fine.

HBS # 67970 $10,000