Framed Print Vintage Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Lithograph - Charleston - S.C.

Regular price $ 149.00


  • Vintage item

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner (1883–1979) was an artist and author born in Charleston, South Carolina. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she studied under the American painter Thomas Anshutz. She was one of the leaders of the “Charleston Renaissance” movement and her art is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among many others.

This lithograph is a print of Mrs. Verner's 1957 pastel on silk cityscape; its title is 'Bend in Church Street.' ** The scene is set on the famous street lined with antebellum homes under towering live oak trees. Two Black residents are going about their business, the man with his now-empty pushcart across the street from a woman with a basket of flowers for sale balanced on her head. When Mrs. Verner included people in her artwork, they were almost always African-American, members of the Gullah people.

The print is framed under glass in a 1/2 inch wide gilded wood frame. The framer, Samuel Birkbeck Doudiet (1921-1998), provided a hand written affidavit in red ink on the dust paper on back which reads:

I certify that this print has been hand signed under the mat-bottom right. {signed} S. Doudiet Framer

There is a printed Doudiets paper label above the hand writing. The original artwork bears the signature "Elizabeth O'Neill Verner 1957." Why Mr. Doudiet covered over the artist's signature with the mat is a mystery, but it's nice to know it is there. The documentation does prove that this is not a mechanical reproduction. The print probably dates from the 1980's.

The framed measurements of the artwork are 15 1/2 inches by 19 inches and it weighs 2 3/4 pounds. It's all in excellent condition, with the dust paper lifting a bit on the right edge but still intact. It's a handsome print of a beautiful painting by this prominent Southern artist.

**There is a similar scene of Church Street with the same title which Mrs. Verner created as a black and white etching in the 1930's.

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