Earl Marshawn WASHINGTON (1962- )
“Eric Gill 1924 EVE”
Wood engraving, 2006
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/75
212 x 319 mm.
E.M. Washington is an African American wood engraver/entrepreneur who forged the work of famous engravers such as Gill, Wadsworth, Gibbings, Leighton, Escher, Rockwell Kent, etc. and claimed, variously, the prints were originals by famous artists or the work of his Great Grandfather, Earl Mack Washington, who had lived from 1862 to 1952 in New York City. This fraudulent print is a greatly enlarged version of Gill’s bookplate for Jacob Weiss (P885). Very handsomely done, nonetheless! It is believed Washington sold as many as 60,000 signed wood engravings, many on eBay from 1998 onwards, at prices ranging from $20 to $350.