Robert E. Lee engraved portrait by W. G. Jackman late 1800's in glee ornate frame

  • Price: $1,200.00
  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Type: Item for Sale
  • Date Posted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Seller Type: Owner
This Robert E. Lee portrait has some unique provenance attached to it as it had been handed down through the generations from General Albert Sidney Johnston who served directly under Robert E. Lee during the Civil War. It belonged to our city of Waco, Texas late Mayor P.M. Johnston who was a great grandson (not sure how many great's before in the lineage), and was kept in his basement many years before being gifted to a family friend named Nola Stone, in order for her to sell to help with medical expenses for her daughter. I purchased it from Nola Stone at her art sale in June of this year, 2017 - I am not a big Civil War collector, but realized it's significance and wanted to resale it to a proper collector and Civil War history preservationist. I am not sure if the glee frame is original. It is massive and weighs 13 lbs. It measures 16 3/4" across the top of the frame, 22 3/4" in height, and 2 1/2" in width at widest portion of ornate part of the frame. The engraved portrait was done by the famous W. G. Jackman who usually did portraits of royalty during this time period. It was done by the Blelock Co. out of New York. I do not see a maker's mark on the frame, it is said that the artist of the portrait is sometimes the same artist who made the frame. I can not verify that this is the case with this frame. I did pull away the brown paper backing to see if there was anything behind the paper that could identify the frames artist, I did not find anything. The gold gilding has some flaking off that has occurred, it has a very nice patina to it. I do not see any pieces of the ornate frame that have been chipped or broken off. This is a significant piece in that it can be linked to General Johnston and his family, and any Civil War collector should love to get this piece and keep it properly preserved for historical reasons.