Robert Sargent Austin (1895 - 1973) was a noted artist, illustrator, engraver and currency designer.
He was widely considered to be one of Britain's leading printmakers.
Austin studied at Leicester Municipal School of Art from 1909 to 1913, and then at the Royal College of Art in London where his studies were interrupted by the First World War
He returned to the College in 1919, where he studied etching under Sir Frank Short.
In 1922, he won the Prix de Rome which enabled him to study at the British School at Rome, 1922-25 (during which time this print was produced).
He travelled throughout Italy and studied the prints of the Old Master. At this time - he abandoned etching and took up line engraving, which he thought was more suited to his artistic temperament. He mastered the technique with ease.
On his return to Britain in 1926, he was appointed to the post of Professor of Engraving at the Royal College of Art.
Austin acted as an advisor on the design of banknotes to the Bank of England between 1956 and 1961 and designed the ten shillings and one pound notes issued in the early 1960s.
He remained devoted to art for its own sake and was uninterested in selling it or even receiving approval from others. Despite this fact, his pictures are now held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The British Museum and The Ashmolean Museum and a huge retrospective of his work was held at the latter in 1980.
This fine line engraving dates to 1926 and shows a view of the town of Pieve di Cadore in Italy.
Pieve di Cadore is a comune in the province of Belluno in the Italian region of Veneto, about 110 kilometres north of Venice and about 35 km northeast of Belluno. "Pieve" means "Parish Church".
It is the birthplace of the Italian painter Titian.
Austin signed his engraved plates with his initials RSA in honour of the old master engravers who often signed their plates with a monogram. He used his full name for his etched plates.
It is pencil signed and dated by the artist, lower right (as photographed).
The image measures 11.7 x 11.3 cm
It is a fine impression, printed on a cream laid paper.
It is sold unframed but has a fresh window mount and all ready for framing.
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