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Robert Austin (1895-1973)   BIOGRAPHY

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Siena Evening 1923
Framed (ref: 5521)

Inscribed in pencil 1st State
Pencil over a line engraving
4 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.(11.5 x 10.8 cm)


Siena, Evening, was a line engraving published in 1923, (C.D 38), and is descirbed by Salaman in Modern Masters of Etching, ...the roofs of the happy-hearted city decoratively observed from the point of view of a lower-pot on a window ledge.

Siena, Evening was one of the earliest line engravings completed by Austin during his tenureship at the British School in Rome (1922-25). Austin was one of the greatest exponents of line engraving - Campbell Dodgson, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, who compiled the standard reference work on Austin, compared him to Albrecht Dürer, noting that Austin had ‘more than a touch of that master in him’ (Dodgson, Robert Austin, exh. cat.,Twenty-One Gallery, London, 1930).

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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