two horses pulling an unpictured object with rope; a man on each side of the horses; both horses and men are struggling

© 2013 Clare Calder%2C Estate Robert Sargent Austin

The Tow Rope, 1920

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Robert Sargent Austin was a highly respected illustrator and engraver, sometimes regarded as the last great English engraver. He taught at the Royal College of Art and was eventually elected president of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. He was an extremely disciplined artist and could engrave with remarkable ease. Observers said that he could engrave nearly as fast as he could draw, and could simultaneously explain his process. His attention to light, texture, and perspective add to the airiness of many of his plates. At first glance, some of his prints appear to be the work of a Renaissance master. Indeed, his favorite artist, Martin Schongauer, lived in the 15th century. Austin adopted his sinuous outlines, restrained use of cross-hatching, appreciation for empty space, and even the style of his signature. This print comes from his personal archive of proof impressions.

Details
Title
The Tow Rope
Artist Life
1895-1973
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.70.1
Provenance
The artist; by descent to his daughters Rachel (1933-2012) and Clare (b. 1929), Chiswick, London (until 2013; given to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Campbell Dodgson 22
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two horses pulling an unpictured object with rope; a man on each side of the horses; both horses and men are struggling

© 2013 Clare Calder, Estate Robert Sargent Austin