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)
Provenance: From the collection of the Artist's brother, Frederick Austin
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).