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"Campo Margarita" by Ernest D. Roth, (Amer., 1879-1964)
1913, Ed. 55, 7-7/8 x 10-7/8, dated, & signed & titled twice in pencil, on antique cream watermarked paper, with small but original margins, lightly toned within mat opening, a richly inked impression. Roth, who won a silver medal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition, and enjoyed renown as both a painter and etcher, spent his final years in Connecticut. He is best known today for his stunning architectural etchings of European towns, particularly his many views of Venice, which he first visited in 1905-7, just two years after Whistler's passing. J. Alden Weir knew Whistler, and Sperry Andrews was good friends with Ernest Roth in his final years, so the great legacy of Whistler in Venice was carried forward by Ernest D. Roth, John Taylor Arms and J. Andre Smith, here in CT. Campo Margharita is an excellent example of Roth's Venetian subjects, and distinguished by the inclusion of market goers milling leisurely about on a bright, sunny day amidst the cool shadows afforded by the shop front awnings.