Robert E. Lee, Retouched Photograph

The transformation of Robert E. Lee's civilian portrait taken in about 1850-52 to a military officer was accomplished by some strokes of an artist's brush. This is the altered picture, done in about 1859-61, when the country suddenly needed a picture of the young hero who led the Marines in capturing John Brown at Harpers Ferry. Lee is depicted in an invented version of a Virginia general's uniform.

Date:
1859 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES13696
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
2812px
Width:
1982px
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