Yes. Having a few of his etchings myself and looking for info, following is a response I posted on another geneology site. This info was obtained from the Farm Museum of the University of Iowa. Hope you get this message.
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Artist name: Rost, Ernest C.
Biography: Ernest was born January 20, 1866, at Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and was
probably the son of Christan Rost (a locally known engraver) and Minna M.
Rost. Nothing is known of his childhood except he was the fourth of six
children in the family. By the mid-1880’s E.C. Rost was exhibiting
landscapes in oil at the National Academy of Design, New York City. After
1887 his oil painting stopped and by 1891 etching became his primary
occupation. Today, the Library of Congress (Prints and Photographs Division)
maintains 63 etchings signed ‘Ernest C. Rost’ or ‘E. C.
Rost’, with dates running from 1891 to 1896. These often portray
country lanes, cottages, rural scenes, sea, river and bayside settings,
mostly in New York State, but several depict homes of famous statesmen and
writers. With the outbreak of the Spainish-American War, Rost was sent by the
U.S. War Department to Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Phillippines, and Guam as a
civilian photographer of military operations and installations. Tod
ay, 21 photographs taken by E. C. Rost of these islands are held by the
National Archives (Audio-Visual Division), while still another 26
photographs, all of Cuba, are held by the Library of Congress. In 1894 he
sued his agents, Fishel, Adler and Schwartz Co. for the sale of his etchings
as artist’s proofs to which his signature had been forged. He went to
the shop and bought 2 of these fo $.90 each, whereas Ernest testified that
they were worth $5 each. He was so angered by the lawsuit experience that he
never again etched. By 1898 Rost had apparrently given up etching and entered
photography full-time. Still, photography was not his only occupation during
this time period, for he began writing, too. Between 1899 and 1900, at least
7 articles by Rost appeared in the popular ‘Leaslie’s Illustrated
Date Born: January 20, 1866
Birth City: Mt. Vernon
Collections: Library of Congress (Prints and Paintings Division) US National
Archives(Audio-visual area) Brunnier Art Museum, Ames, Iowa