Ernest David Roth was an American painter and etcher, known for his detailed architectural views of picturesque towns and regions. Born in Germany, his family immigrated to the United States when he was a child. There he attended the National Academy School from about 1898 until 1904, studying etching and participating in the Country Sketch Group, which practiced plein air painting (outdoors, from nature). Like most ambitious artists of his era, he went to Europe to study in 1905. From that point he concentrated on etchings, especially architectural subjects, setting up a press in his New York studio on his return. His subjects included Venice, Florence, Constantinople, Italian hill towns, and other images of Italy and France. Later works focused on New York City. Roth did a series of etchings of buildings of the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1920s and Columbia University published his series of six etchings of university buildings in 1938. He won the Salmagundi Club’s purchase prize for etching in 1911 and went on to receive many other awards. He also exhibited his work regularly at Keppel and Company in New York from 1914 on, and also had shows at the Newark Museum, the Arts Club of Washington, D.C. and Grand Central Art Galleries in New York, among others. Roth was elected an Academician at the National Academy in 1928 and taught there periodically between 1916 and 1952. In 1983, the Academy exhibited his work in the show Artists by Themselves.
Each print is signed in the matrix, lower left, E.D. Roth, and signed and dated in the lower margin in pencil: Ernest D. Roth 1938. Four of the prints have the original label as issued with the print’s title and the text “This Edition is Limited to 125 Proofs/ Columbia University Press/ 1938.”
Condition: Each generally very good overall, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with only minor remaining toning and wear. Labels toned overall, with brown paper on back as formerly affixed to the back of frames.
Dearinger, David Bernard. Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2004. pp. 337-338. Online at Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=PHH45aYubp4C&pg=PA338 (17 December 2013).