|Description: We offer a signed drypoint etching by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. The plate mark measures 2 ½” x 2” and it is printed on ivory paper which is 4 ⅜” x 3 ⅜”. It is pencil signed and inscribed along the bottom margin: “Old Gateway, Charleston, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner.” Item #PR00257.
Verner captures the colonial architecture, tree lined streets, detailed ironwork and an African American mother and child with tenderness and clarity. It is an excellent impression of this diminutive print.
Elizabeth O’Neill Verner was a Charleston native who studied under Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She was an artist, author, lecturer, preservationist and a leader in the Charleston Renaissance. The sudden death of her husband was the catalyst for Verner’s art career. She deepened her skills as a printmaker, studied with the Charleston Etchers Clan and started selling her work in the growing tourism market. She remains one of the best known artists in South Carolina in the 20th century. Her work is in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as, numerous museums in the South.
Condition: The print has some subtle toning and is tipped at the upper edge to thin cardstock. Overall it is in very good condition.