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The Angelus

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Austin, Robert Sargent, born 1895 - died 1973 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rachel Austin and Clare Calder

  • Museum number:

    E.504-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EL, shelf 81

Robert Sargent Austin, R.A. (1895-1973) was a printmaker, draughtsman, book illustrator and watercolorist, as well as a designer of posters. Born in Leicester, where he attended the School of Art 1909-13; he went on to study and later to teach at the Royal College of Art. He was also an official war artist in World War II. He was highly skilled draughtsman best known for his exquisite etchings and engravings, mostly of animals, birds and plants, domestic scenes, figure subjects (often religious), and also landscapes.

This is one from a gift of 50 prints - mostly etchings - which cover the whole range of Austin's subject matter. Many of the prints are annotated by Austin himself, and several are proofs, or early states. The prints are works of art in their own right, but also offer valuable evidence of Austin's working methods, and the practice of etching and engraving as a fine art practice in the 1920s and 1930s.

Physical description

Etching depicting a couple with a horse and plough. The woman in kneeling on the ground and the man stands to one side of her, holding a coat. They both face away from the viewer. A young girl stands to the left of them in profile, with one hand on her hip and the other raised to her face. In the background is a town with a church steeple and houses; a flock of birds swoop through the air towards a tree.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1922 (made)

Artist/maker

Austin, Robert Sargent, born 1895 - died 1973 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching

Marks and inscriptions

AUSTIN 1922
Signed and dated in plate

Dimensions

Height: 29.2 cm sheet, Width: 46 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Etching by Robert Austin entitled 'The Angelus'. Great Britain, 1922.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Families; Agricultural; Church; Farming; Plough; Prayer; Saddles; Horses

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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