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Mason of Canterbury

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rachel Austin and Clare Calder

  • Museum number:

    E.545-2007

  • 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

Engraving entitled 'Mason of Canterbury' depicting a man in a workshop, surrounded by tools, chipping away at a rectangular block of pale stone.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1948 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Engraving

Marks and inscriptions

RSA
Signed in plate

4th state 3 proofs -
Inscribed in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 29.5 cm sheet, Width: 23.3 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Engraving by Robert Austin entitled 'Mason of Canterbury'. Great Britain, 1948.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Masons; Charts; Tools; Stone; Craftsmen; Chipping; Masonry; Mugs

Categories

Prints; Tools & Equipment

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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