Woodblock print by Earl M. Washington, page measures 11" x 8 3/8", woodblock image is 6 1/4" x 5", mat is 13 1/2" x 11".
Black ink on cream color paper, in white mats with glassine cover over image.
Signed E.M. Washington, titled "Race Mixing", number 2 of 30, with date of 1932, though was printed in the 1990's.
Image depicts a violent scene, a black man attacking a nude woman, with knife in his hand. Maybe an image of a racist propaganda poster or leaflet, or an original by Washington. He sometimes copied original prints by famous artists, and strong images from the late 19th and early 20th century, but also seems to have printed many of his own original works.
Good condition, no mars to print, good clear image.
The print is affixed to back mat with small piece of tape at top, glassine on top mat protects the print.
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. This collection of prints was originally considered to be a major find, an artist with a powerful and very artful body of work.
Once Washington took credit and responsibility for both the story and the work, the prints became collectible, and are now offered by major galleries and dealers of fine prints, especially for their African American themes, very stylized and artistic images.