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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Robert Sargent Austin

AUSTIN, Robert Sargent 1895-1973
Sisters of Assisi 1924
From A catalogue of etchings & engravings by Robert Austin, R.E., 1913-1929. London,Twenty-one Gallery, 1930
Etching and engraving, printed in black on Whatman wove paper
13.2 x 10.6
The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow


AUSTIN, Robert Sargent 1895-1973
Comare Giulia 1924
From A catalogue of etchings & engravings by Robert Austin, R.E., 1913-1929. London,Twenty-one Gallery, 1930
Etching and engraving, printed in black on antique laid paper
10.8 x 10.4
The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow


AUSTIN, Robert Sargent 1895-1973
Italian Stonebreakers. 1925
Charcoal. 18x27 inches.
Private Collection


AUSTIN, Robert Sargent 1895-1973
The Puppet Master: Self-portrait 1926
Engraving, 172 x 161 mm.,
Published by the Twenty-One Gallery in an edition of 50
Engraving: printed in black on ivory wove paper with margins and Signed and dated in pencil

AUSTIN, Robert Sargent 1895-1973
The Angelus 1922
From A catalogue of etchings & engravings by Robert Austin, R.E., 1913-1929. London,Twenty-one Gallery, 1930
Etching: printed in black on antique laid paper; touched with pencil or chalk
15.7 x 22.5
The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow


Robert Austin was born in Leicester. He studied at Leicester School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, London, where he was awarded a scholarship to the British School of Rome in 1922.

His work is described as having a 'meticulous chilly classicism' and his sympathy directed more towards the animal subjects in his work; his human subjects tended to be somewhat dour and forbidding.

As regards The Puppetmaster (above), the artist pointed out (1 June 1966) that the figure and profile (but not the beard or moustache) were drawn from his reflection in a looking glass.