Robert Austin (1895-1973):
Belfry Steps, 1935
Passe-partout (ref: 3964)
The original copper plate (cancelled), 5 3/4 x 4 in. (14.7 x 10 cm.)
(9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24 x 19 cm.) framed)
Provenance: The Artist's Family.
Austin's engraving Belfry Steps, (CD 109), was published in 1935, the same year as Portrait of Noel Edwards and Summer Night - as a composition it has all of the qualities of economy and dynamism that made Austin one of the greatest exponents of line engraving of his generation. 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, exhibition catalogue,Twenty-One Gallery, London, 1930).