front view of mask; vertical branch of olive (?) leaves at mask's PR side

%C2%A9 2013 Clare Calder%2C Estate Robert Sargent Austin

Mask, 1933

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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.

Artist Life
Accession Number
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 101
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front view of mask; vertical branch of olive (?) leaves at mask's PR side

© 2013 Clare Calder, Estate Robert Sargent Austin