Ernest D. Roth Pencil Signed Colored Etching George Washington at Virginia Church 1932


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Washington at Pohick Church is a large, original, pencil-signed etching by famed American artist Ernest D. Roth. The etching was part of an ambitious series of 20 original prints by the finest American artists of the day commissioned in 1932 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington.

A Limited Edition of 1000 sets was produced with 200 sets that were pencil signed by the artist and hand colored. This is one of the scarce colored ones. It is No. 6 in the set of 20. The original etching is in Excellent condition. The print was framed in our studio. Prior to that it had never been matted or framed and has been preserved in perfect condition. The colors are very bold and strong.

In the scene, George Washington, who is about to enter Pohick Church, is congratulated by some of his friends on his recent election as a vestryman. This excellent image from the life of the first President of the United States measures 9-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches. It is printed on a large laid sheet of paper specially produced with the “GW” watermark for this project. The Pohick Church is located a few miles from Washington's Mt. Vernon home.

Ernest D. Roth was considered one of the great architectural etchers of the early part of the 20th century. His skill as a draftsman is evident in his impressive depiction of the massive Pohick Church building.

The print has been professionally matted and framed under glass in our studio with acid free materials and is presented in a very nice solid wood vintage frame. Frame size is 17 x 21-1/2 inches. On the back of the frame is a dust cover, hanging hardware, and an information label.

This is not a reproduction. It is a 88-year-old original etching hand signed by he artist. This fine, patriotic etching that would fit well in a traditional or colonial decor.

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Ernest D. Roth (1879-1964) was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1879 and moved with his parents to the United States at the age of five. Roth's work records the architecture of America as well as that of the many European countries, which he visited.

Roth studied painting at the National Academy of Design under Edgar Ward and George Maynard and at the New York School of Art under F. Luis Mora. He began as a landscape painter and was a regular contributor to the shows at the National Academy and at the Pennsylvania Academy.

It is in etching, though, that he is best known. He was unquestionably one of the world’s best architectural etchers.

Roth’s works are included in such renowned collections as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Uffizi Gallery, Florence; Brooklyn Museum,; NY Public Library; and many others.

Throughout his career he received many awards for his fine art including a silver medal for etching and a bronze medal for painting at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915.

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