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Frost in May

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (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.550-2007

  • 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 entitled 'Frost in May' depicting a woman seated on a stone bench in a garden. She is slumped forward with her forehead resting on her hands, against a chair in front of her. A pair of gardening gloves are strewn haphazardly with one on the chair and one by her feet.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1971 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Etching

Marks and inscriptions

RSA
Signed in plate

Dimensions

Height: 31.5 cm sheet, Width: 23.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Etching by Robert Austin entitled 'Frost in May'. Great Britain, ca. 1971.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Garden furniture; Gardens; Gloves; Sadness

Categories

Prints; Gardens & Gardening

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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