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Print - Two Girls on a Balcony

Two Girls on a Balcony

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (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 'Two Girls on a Balcony' depicting a simple wooden balcony with two young women leaning on it. The first of the two is looking into the distance while the second one is looking down slightly at something within closer range. They both appear pensive and have long, heavy overcoats. Just below them in front of the level they are standing on is a small bell hanging from the wall.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1937 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed in plate

2nd state 2 proofs 17 Dec 1937 Robert Austin Girls on a balcony
Production details, date, signature and title; all in pencil.


Height: 27.8 cm sheet, Width: 19.8 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Engraving by Robert Austin entitled 'Two Girls on a Balcony'. Great Britain, 1937.





Subjects depicted

Balconies; Bells; Women; Overcoats




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