The Angel of Saint Matthew, Orvieto, 1924
Unmounted (ref: 5698)
Signed, dated and lettered in Latin on plate
The original copper etching plate, cancelled
117 x 101 mm.
Tags: Robert Austin plate
Provenance: the artist’s family
Literature: Campbell Dodgson, Robert Austin, exh. cat.,Twenty-One Gallery, London, 1930; Gordon Cooke, Drawings and Prints by Robert Austin, exh. cat.,The Fine Art Society, London, 2001
Austin was one of the greatest exponents of line engraving of his century. 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).
Matthew he Evangelist, by Lorenzo Maitani, (c1275-1330) is a bronze statue which appears on the left pier of the façade of Orvieto Cathedral.
A copy of this Austin print is in the collection of The British Museum (accession number 1927,0709.92).
We are grateful to Rachel and Clare Austin, Gordon Cooke and David Maes for assistance.