Ernest David Roth

(German-American, 1879 – 1964)

Ernest David Roth was born on 17 January 1879 in Stuttgart, Germany. A few years later, he and his family moved to America. Because it was necessary for him to work during the day, Roth enrolled in night classes at the National Academy of Design. He began studying etching under the renowned James D. Smillie who produced etchings and illustrations for many publications. Roth first exhibited in New York and Philadelphia. However, he was financially unsuccessful and did not receive the recognition he desired. As a result, he left for Europe where he concentrated exclusively on etching. While in Florence, he created a series of etchings that immortalized the spirit of Florence. The director of the Uffizi Gallery was so impressed by Roth's work that he purchased the etchings for the Uffizi print department. Upon Roth's return to the United States, he exhibited frequently throughout the country and won numerous awards, including First prize for Architectural Subject from the Chicago Society of Etchers and the J. Sanford Saltus Prize from the Salmagundi Club. Clearly, as one critic noted, "Mr. Roth's work has been welcomed in America as promising well for the future of the art." His work remains in countless collections across the country. Besides housing examples of Roth's work, his printing press from which he produced countless etchings is located at Silvermine College of Art. Roth died in 1964.

  • Studied
  • National Academy of Design
  • Etching with James D. Smillie
  • Exhibited
  • Boston Art Club, 1900-03
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, 1900, 1905, 1910-25, 1931-33
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1930 (gold medal)
  • Corcoran Gallery biennials, 1914, 1919
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1917 (prize)
  • Philadelphia Print Club, 1934 (prize)
  • Salmagundi Club, 1911 (prize), 1912 (prize), 1915 (prize), 1917 (prize), 1918 (prize)
  • Chicago Society of Etchers, 1914 (prize), 1936 (prize)
  • American Fellowship, 1949 (medal)
  • Panama-Pacific Expo, 1915 (medal)
  • Society of Independent Artists, 1917-18
  • California Printmakers, 1922 (prize)
  • Salons of America, 1934
  • Society of American Etchers, 1935 (prize)
  • National Academy of Design, 1901, 1903-1905, 1909-1912, 1914-15, 1917-1923, 1925-35, 1937-38, 1941-42, 1944-45, 1947, 1949-50
  • References
  • Marlor (ed.), Centennial Roster of the Salmagundi Club
  • Smith and Chamberlain, "Mattatuck Museum," American Art Review, June 1997
  • Dunbier (ed.), The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
  • Schwartz-Philadelphia, European & American Painting, Philadelphia Collection
  • Falk (ed.), The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Lang and Lang, Etched, In Memory, The Building and Survival of Artistic Reputation
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1901-1950, National Academy of Design
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-68, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1876-1913, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art, Artists Active 1898-1947
  • Marlor, The Society of Independent Artists Exhibition Record 1917-1944
  • Adams, "The National Arts Club," California Art Club Newsletter, February 2002
  • National Academy of Design, Artists by Themselves, Artist's Portraits from the
  • Mason and Ludman, Print Reference Sources, Bibliography 18th-20th Centuries
  • National Academy of Design, A Century and Half of American Art, 1825-1975
  • Gidley, Catalogue of American Paintings in British Public Collections
  • Earle, Biographical Sketches of American Artists
  • Mattatuck Historical Society, The Connecticut Artists Collection
  • Clark, History of the National Academy of Design 1825-1953
  • Reese, American Prize Prints of the 20th Century
  • Mallett, Index of Artists, International-Biographical
  • Neuhaus, The History and Ideals of American Art
  • National Academy of Design, Commemorative Exhibition 1825-1925
  • Walter and Lemos, Panama-Pacific Exposition: Catalogue of the Post-Exposition Exhibit
  • Universal Exposition (ed.), Saint Louis, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904, Catalogue
  • Member
  • Associate Member of the National Academy
  • National Academician, 1928
  • New York Water Color Society
  • American Water Color Society
  • Salmagundi Club, 1910 (Emeritus Member)
  • Chicago Society of Etchers
  • California Society of Etchers
  • New York Society of Etchers
  • Washington Water Color Club
  • Allied Artists of America
  • California Printmakers
  • The National Arts Club
  • Salons of America
  • Work
  • New York Public Library
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Library of Congress
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Newark Public Library, New Jersey
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
  • Silvermine College of Art, Connecticut (his printing press)
  • Burchfield-Penney Art Center, New York
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio
  • Florence Museum of Art-Science-History, South Carolina
  • Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota
  • Michael C. Carlos Museum, Georgia
  • Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama
  • National Academy of Design Museum, New York
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
  • Print Club of Albany
  • Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, Connecticut
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Art Museum, California
  • The Mattatuck Museum of the Mattatuck, Connecticut
  • Historical Society, Connecticut
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Washington County Museum of Art, Maryland
  • Wright Museum of Art, Wisconsin