Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ROBERT E. LEE PICTURE

Robert E. Lee Picture Q: This picture of Robert E. Lee painted on a tin "tray-like" frame has been in my wife's family for several generations. It has the inscription "compliments of Dr. D. Jayne & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa. USA." Can you tell me the history of this antique?

A: Dr. David Jayne (b.1798-d.1866) was a doctor in New Jersey who began making patent medicines in the 1830s. He moved the business to Philadelphia in 1850, where he built the tallest building in the United States. Dr. D. Jayne & Sons was founded in 1855 by Dr. Jayne, one of his sons, a nephew, and his brother-in-law. After Dr. Jayne died in 1866, the company was called Dr. D. Jayne's Family Medicines. The original medicines continued to be sold until at least the 1930s, though some of the names were changed and the ingredients modified to comply with the 1906 Food and Drug Act. Your self-framed picture on tin of Robert E. Lee in his Confederate General uniform is similar to several other versions that were made about 1863 and distributed as ads in drugstores. The 24-by-36-inch size is worth more than $800.




4 comments:

Brenda said...

Isn't it interesting that the "medicine man" was in NJ and PA yet promoted General Lee?

Anonymous said...

If the good doctor had been selling images of Lee in the North in 1863, his factory would have been burned down. Sorry, your dating is far off. I'd guess this is more likely to be from 1883 than 1863. -- History Guy

Terry Kovel said...

We have always known our readers are smart! You caught us in a mistake or at least in a misleading statement. We found a simmilar Dr. Jayne's ad dated 1908and that is probably about when it was used. We should have said that the tin ad COPIED a famous portrait of Lee from 1863.It is true the self-framed tin picture was displayed in drugstores.

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