An attractive collotype print after the original etching "Springtime in Charleston", pencil signed at lower right margin by the important South Carolina artist ELIZABETH O'NEILL VERNER (1883-1979). This is not an actual etching, but a quality reproduction after that etching (note word "repro" in pencil at lower left margin). However the artist did hand sign the piece in pencil at lower right, in a geriatric, shaky hand. Verner was a major kingpin in the Charleston Renaissance art movement. A member of the Charleston Etcher's Club, she avidly sought out the landscape, architecture and people of South Carolina as her favorite subject matter, and today she is an iconic name in the state's art and culture scene. A familiar figure in Charleston, she led tours and met visitors at the gallery. This was likely signed when she was well into her late 80's or early 90's as the signature is quite different from the familiar tight, disciplined one we see on her early, original etchings. The original etching brings to the $1,500 area at auction. Note the original Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Studio (38 Tradd Street, Charleston) label on reverse. The print is very clean and the silvery framing is complementary.
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