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Robert Sargent Austin

1895 – 1973

Man with a Crucifix by Robert Sargent Austin

Man with a Crucifix   1924

  Original etching.
Signed and dated in pencil.
Ref: Campbell Dodgson 45 v/v
S 251 x 222 mm; P & I 135 x 114 mm
Original Robert Sargent Austin etching.

A particularly strong, dark impression of the completed state, from the only edition of 40 signed proofs, as issued for the artist by the Twenty-One Gallery. The plate is known to have been destroyed.

Almost all of Robert Sargent Austin’s early printed work was executed in pure etching. This is a particularly strong example of his unusual and emotional figure subjects. The sculptor James Woodford, R.A. (who was R.S.Austin’s brother-in-law) posed for this portrayal of a peasant possessed with deep religious convictions.

Robert Sargent Austin chose an impression of this print as his exhibition piece for the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1925.

On cream wove paper with full margins. Very good original condition. Image surface excellent.