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Robert Austin (1895-1973)   BIOGRAPHY

The Belfry at Palma (1929)
Mounted (ref: 3137)

Line engraving, Original copper plate: 6 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (16,9 x 12 cm.) (cancelled), Print: 10 1/4 x 8 in. (26 x 20 cm.)


A small edition has been printed posthumously by David Maes on Arches paper (250g/m≤), (print size 26 x 20 cm - price per print £150)

This image shows the bell-ringer asleep on his watch.  John Kohan has pointed out that is tempted to read an allegorical meanings into this in a similar vein to the  works of Austinís great mentor, Durer. 

A version of the print is in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum (Museum Accession Number: P.39-1981)

Robert Austin (1895-1973)

Printmaker and draughtsman, born in Leicester. He studied at the School of Art there and at the Royal College of Art, 1914-16 and 1919-22, winning the Rome Scholarship for engraving in the latter year. He taught engraving at the Royal College of Art, 1927-44, becoming Professor in the Department of Graphic Design, 1948-55. Showed with RWS, of which he was a member and President; RE, of which he was a member; and the RA, to which he was elected in 1949. Austin was a meticulous craftsman-engraver and a vigorous draughtsman, as his series of drawings of Women's Auxiliary Air Force and ballooning activities done during World War II shows. The Tate Gallery holds his work.

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, organised an exhibition of his work in 1980.

More recently he was the subject of two shows at the Fine Art Society plc (2001 and 2002), the latter organised in conjunction with Liss Fine Art Ltd.

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