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Print - The Woodcarriers

The Woodcarriers

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rachel Austin and Clare Calder

  • Museum number:


  • 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

Engraving entitled 'The Woodcarriers' depicting three figures carrying bundles of wood on their backs, making their way up a hill behind a shrine with a small crucifixion scene built into a wooden shell, mounted on a post. The figures are possibly nuns, wearing head coverings and dressed in plain robes.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


1932 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed in plate

1st state. 4 proofs
Inscription in pencil


Height: 29.5 cm sheet, Width: 23 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Engraving by Robert Austin entitled 'The Woodcarriers'. Great Britain, 1932.





Subjects depicted

Crucifixion; Shrine; Fire-wood




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