Robert Austin (1895-1973):
Siena Evening 1923
Framed (ref: 5521)
Inscribed in pencil 1st State
Pencil over a line engraving
4 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.(11.5 x 10.8 cm)
Provenance: From the collection of the Artist's brother, Frederick Austin
Siena, Evening was one of the earliest line engravings completed by Austin during his tenureship at the British School in Rome (1922-25). Austin was one of the greatest exponents of line engraving - Campbell Dodgson, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, who compiled the standard reference work on Austin, compared him to Albrecht Dürer, noting that Austin had ‘more than a touch of that master in him’ (Dodgson, Robert Austin, exh. cat.,Twenty-One Gallery, London, 1930).