Original Robert Sargent Austin engraving.
Outstanding early proof impression in the penultimate state of the plate. A particularly fine example with crisp clarity of line.
This meticulously handled work highlights the difficulties faced by women who had lost their husbands during the Second World War. This engraving was made after the publication of Campbell Dodgson’s catalogue on the engraved works of Robert Sargent Austin and has been listed variously under the titles of Woman with Saw, Widow, and Hero’s Widow – it was under this last title that the plate was issued as the presentation plate of the Print Collectors’ Club at the end of 1944. This early proof impression in the penultimate state of the plate, prior to the ‘PC’ monogram in the plate, was printed by Robert Sargent Austin before the edition taken for the Print Collectors’ Club, but like almost all known impressions of this engraving was signed by Austin in early 1945.
On pale cream wove J Whatman paper with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition.