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A Wayside Conversation by Ernest C Rost

REF: 01/1731 / LA369656
Ernest was born January 20, 1866, at Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and was probably 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. The Library of Congress (Prints and Photgraphs Division) maintains 63 etchings signed 'Ernest C. Rost' or 'E.C. Rost, with dates running from 1891 - 1896. These often portray country lanes, cottages, rural scenes, sea, river and bay-side settings, mostly in New York State, but several depict homes of famous statesmen and writers. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Rost was sent by the U.S. War Department to Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Guam as a civilian photographer of military operations and installations. 21 photographs taken by E.C. Rost of these islands are held by the National Archives (Audio-Visual Division), while still another 26 photographs, all of Cuba, are held by the Library of Congress. In 1894 he sued his agents, Fishel and Schwartz Co. for the sale of his etchings as artist's proofs to which his signature had been forged. He went to the shop and bought 2 of these for $.90 each, whereas Ernest testified that they were worth $5 each. He was so angered by the lawsuit experience that he never again etched. By 1898 Rost had apparently given up etching and entered photography full-time. Still, photography was not his only occupation during this time period, for he began writing, too. Between 1899 and 1900, at least 7 articles by Rost appeared in the popular 'Leaslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper'.


56 cm
79 cm
2 cm


Bridport Antiques has clarified that the A Wayside Conversation by Ernest C Rost (LA369656) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1891


The bright white lines are a reflection from the camera, (not a light saber on the horse!!)

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