During the Civil War there was at least one woodcut engraving of General Lee based on a drawing made in the field, rather than a photograph. In late 1862 or early 1863, Frank Vizetelly of the Illustrated London News sketched General Lee at his headquarters near Fredericksburg.
Engraving based on sketch by Frank Vizetelly for the
Illustrated London News,
|The Rebel General Robert Edmund Lee, Harper’s
|Engraving based on Mathew Brady’s clock portrait
of 1866 in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, |
These printed engravings are quite interesting when compared alongside their corresponding photographs. Those printed in dated periodical publications can help determine the time period when the original photograph was taken.