19C New York Signed Etching by Ernest Christian Rost 1891

PRESENTING a RARE New England/New York etching, namely, a 19C New York Signed Etching by Ernest Christian Rost 1891.

This is an ORIGINAL etching by E.C. Rost from 1891. It is hand signed by the artist in pencil on the bottom right.

The scene is a country or rural scene of a cottage and Country Village, probably in the New York area as Rost is most famous for painting and sketching scenes from New York, Rhode Island and New England.

In it’s original cherry frame with a gilted central molding and in it’s original matting.



Ernest Christian Rost (N.Y. 1867-1940) . Ernest Christian Roth was born January 20, 1866, at Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and was the son of Christan Rost (a locally known engraver) and Minna M. Rost. Nothing is known of his childhood except he was the fourth of six children in the family. By the mid-1880’s E.C. Rost was exhibiting landscapes in oil at the National Academy of Design, New York City. After 1887 his oil painting stopped and by 1891 etching became his primary occupation. Today, the Library of Congress (Prints and Photographs Division) maintains 63 etchings signed ‘Ernest C. Rost’ or ‘E. C. Rost’, with dates running from 1891 to 1896. These often portray country lanes, cottages, rural scenes, sea, river and bayside settings, mostly in New York State. With the outbreak of the Spainish-American War, Rost was sent by the U.S. War Department to Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Phillippines, and Guam as a civilian photographer of military operations and installations. Today, 21 photographs taken by E. C. Rost of these islands are held by the National Archives.


19C New York Signed Etching by Ernest Christian Rost 1891

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.

Condition: Good. There are some watermarks and foxing on the matting but the etching is unaffected. The frame shows it’s sign of age.

Dimensions: 36.5″ Wide, 23″ Tall and 1″ Deep.

PRICE: $900.00