Woodblock print by E.M. Washington, paper size 9 3/8" x 6 3/8", image size 4" x 3 3/4", mat 13 1/2" x 11".
Black ink on tan paper, depicts a semi nude woman in what looks like bar or speakeasy setting, with gramophone and leering man in the background.
Signed by Washington, titled "Quadroon-Gramophone" and numbered 24 of 30. Dated 1924, but actually printed in the 1990's
Good condition, in acid free mats with glassine cover over image, paper affixed to back mat with small piece of tape. Slight darkening at top and left edge of paper, does not extend near the image.
Earl Marshawn Washington, born in 1962, began printing a variety of woodblock prints in the 1990's attributing them to his grandfather, Earl Mack Washington (1862-1952). Until he was found to be the maker of the prints, many had been sold as original art by an unknown and very talented African-American artist. After investigation, Washington admitted that he was the printmaker and his story about his alleged grandfather was a fabrication. Once he took credit and responsibility for the story and for the work, the prints became collectible, and are now offered by major galleries and fine print dealers, especialy for their African American themes, very stylized and artistic images.
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