<br /> Lee Letter: wl061

Washington and Lee University

Sender: J. H.Higginson
Recipient: Robert E.Lee

Sir

A project is on foot for Engraving on steel the highest style of European Art at a gallery of portraits of the Generals lately commanding the Armies of the Confederate States. The design being to publish them by subscription in a no. of series – each series to contain five portraits – Printed on a Plate paper 19 X 24. Series no one it is proposed shall contain – Yourself – Stonewall Jackson – Beauregard & Wade Hampton if their photographs can be obtained to engrave them from.

I have taken the liberty of addressing you First – to solicit your approval of the above design – should that approval be given – May I ask you to furnish me with your Photograph (& Autograph) for the use of the Engraver.

I shall be glad to receive any suggestion from you as to the form in which they shall be engraved – Whether Oval – Square – or Vignette – or as to the names which should appear in the different series. The present design is to make them half lengths with a wreath or design of some kind around yours so as to make it the central figure of the group. The enterprise is altogether a European one & each series will take at least a year to engrave in the style it is proposed to do to them – I shall be pleased to furnish you with Artists proofs as fast as completed. Trusting the work may receive your favorable notice, I am

Yours Respectfully

J. H. Higginson

Notes:

Robert E. Lee CollectionLeyburn Library, Washington and Lee University

Endorsed by Lee: “26 Jany ’66 J. H. Higginson want Photograph Ansd 12 Feb.”