Church Street, Charleston

Artist Details

Name: Elizabeth O'Neill Verner
Birth: 1883 Death: 1979
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: ca. 1930
Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions: 11 x 7 7/8 inches (image) 14 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches (sheet)
Credit: Bequest of William Carsten Wulbern

A Charleston native, Verner received her formal training under Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during 1902 and 1903. Her career as an artist bloomed in the 1920s when her friend and fellow artist Alice Smith introduced her to wood-block printmaking and then to etching. After the death of Verner’s husband, Smith persuaded her that she could earn a living as a professional artist. Though best known for her charming images of church spires, gardens and side streets of Charleston, Verner also depicted scenes outside of Charleston. In 1946 she published Other Places, a book featuring works inspired by Verner’s journeys throughout the eastern United States, Europe, and Japan.

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