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Venetian doorway by Ernest D Roth (1879-1964). An elegant architectural rendering of a Venetian door archway with splendid details of the carved stone surround. This etching was created by Ernest Roth in 1912 and survives today in excellent condition. The artist painstakingly rendered the minute details of this massive stone entryway. Because he drew a figure standing in the opening, we can see that this stone masterpiece is almost 50 feet tall! The image is 12 by 8 inches, and the overall frame size is 16 by 12 inches. It is signed and dated 1912 in the bottom center. It is on beige colored paper. The frame and mat are in very good condition.

Price: $125

Ernest David Roth Biography

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1879, Roth came to the United States with his parents at age five. He studied at the National Academy of Design, and with James D. Smillie and Francis Luis Mora. In 1905 he went to Italy and resided in Florence, where he produced some of his most important and finest etchings. He did numerous architectural renderings of the villages and hill towns in Italy, France, and Spain. On a trip to Venice he recorded 30 etchings of the city during a three year period. These plates, in skillful composition, transmit the elegance, charm, and tranquillity of Roth's work. On his return to America his subject matter turned to New York City, which he interpreted in a pictorial and interesting manner. This can be seen in such plates as, "New York from Brooklyn Heights," "Queensboro Bridge," "Greenwich Village Roofs," and "Riverside Church." His works are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the New York Public Library. Roth was awarded a silver medal for etching at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. He died in 1964.

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