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The Old Veteran


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This etching, complete with its original frame, dates to 1892. "The Old Veteran" was created by American artist Ernest C. Rost (1867-1940). This sizeable piece measures 27" x 37".

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. By the mid-1880s 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.

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