Earl M. Washington (1962 - )
A talented engraver and block printer who, in collaboration with others, marketed a large number of proofs purportedly created by his late grandfather and by many of the leading wood engravers of the twentieth century, including Lynd Ward and Eric Gill. A lively synopsis of this tangled affair can be found in an article by Alan Abrams in the September 20, 2004 issue of Forbes Magazine, titled Catch Me If You Can.
I bought these examples of Washington’s work several years ago with no illusions about their authenticity, thanks to the seller’s candor. Period work or modern, I thought then - and think now - that they are first rate re-imaginings of a bygone era, worth a place in a broad-minded collector’s inventory. Just don’t take them too seriously.
Wood engraving, ca. 2005; edition not stated. Image size 5-3/8” x 7-3/8”; sheet size 8” x 11-1/8”. Signed “Sc. E.M. Washington” and dated 1934 in pencil in the lower margin. A fine impression in fine condition.
Wood engraving, ca. 2005. Image size 5½” x 8”; sheet size 9” x 12”. Inscribed “SC E.M. Washington” and dated 1929 in pencil in the lower margin. A fine impression in fine condition.
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Wood engraving, 2007; edition not stated. Image size 6¼” x 9¾”; sheet size 9” x 12”. Inscribed “E. M. Washington” and dated 2007 in pencil in the lower margin. Fine overall condition.