Modern British Art by Robert Austin: Evening, 1939 |





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Robert Austin:
Evening, 1939

Passe-partout (ref: 3878)

Etching, 8 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. (22.5 x 17.2 cm.)

(12 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (31.5 x 26.2 cm.) framed)

Tags: interiors religion women

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

Evening, a composition created during the early war years,  is amongst Austin's most evocative images - the sense of time and place  combine to give the scene an allegorical quality.

Austin was one of the greatest exponents of  line engraving and etching. 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).

We are grateful to Rachel and Clare Austin, Gordon Cooke and David Maes for assistance.

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