Framed (ref: 1651)
Signd and dated in the plate
Etching, copper plate: 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (21 x 26 cm.). Print: 11 13/16 x 13 1/2 in. (30 x 34.5 cm.)
This etching was created on the return from the Austin's honeymoon. The newly-wed Phyllis Austin (Kneafcy), a Canadian Opera singer, is shown sleeping in the cabin of the Cunard ship on which they sailed from Canada in 1932. A box of her favourite Laura Secord Candies can be seen on the bedside table.
We are grateful to Portia Birch for assistance.
Printmaker and painter, born in Leicester, brother of the artist Robert Sargent Austin. He studied at Leicester School of Art and at Royal College of Art under Malcolm Osborne, William Rothenstein and Randolph Schwabe, 1924-7. Prix de Rome for engraving won in 1927. Exhibited RA, RE of which he was a member, and extensively abroad. British Museum, Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and several foreign collections hold his work. Lived in London.