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Frederick George Austin

  1902 – 1990
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A Christening sold

A Christening   1926

Original etching with engraving.

The artist’s own trial proof impression in the third state of the plate. Unique.


French Sculpture sold

French Sculpture   1953-4

Original line engraving.

Excellent impression with clear, crisp line. From the only edition of 109 signed proofs, as issued by the Print Collectors’ Club in 1954.

On warm white wove paper with full margins and deckle edge. Excellent original condition.


The Two Bridges sold

The Two Bridges   1927

Original line engraving

Superb early proof impression, aside from the normal published edition, printed under considerable pressure on heavy ‘plate’ paper.


Adoration of the Shepherds sold

Adoration of the Shepherds   1926

Original etching.

Excellent signed proof impression aside from the only edition. Inscribed in pencil by the artist “Adoration of the Shepherds. To Miss Joan Herrin from Frederick Austin. 1926”.

Provenance: From the personal collection of Robert Sargent Austin. Thence by descent to Rachel Austin, one of R.S. Austin’s two daughters.

On cream laid paper with margins. Excellent original condition.



Frederick Austin, the younger brother of Robert Sargeant Austin won the Rome Scholarship for engraving in 1927, just as his brother had done in 1922. Although the influence of his older brother is apparent in his early engraved works, Frederick Austin developed a far more modernistic style during his career. Religious subject matter recurs frequently throughout Frederick Austin’s printed works, all of which betray the influence of early mediaeval art in their almost two dimensional approach to their compositions. The Austin brothers were two of the very few original printmakers who continued to use traditional print making techniques after the Second World War. [more]