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Robert Sargent Austin

(1895-1973), Artist

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Artist associated with 5 portraits

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Frank Raymond Leavis, by Robert Sargent Austin - NPG 5422

Frank Raymond Leavis

by Robert Sargent Austin
charcoal, 1934
NPG 5422

Winston Churchill, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press - NPG D33259

Winston Churchill

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D33259

Sir Francis Drake, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press, probably after  Jodocus Hondius - NPG D35387

Sir Francis Drake

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press, probably after Jodocus Hondius
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D35387

William Pitt, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press - NPG D40241

William Pitt

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D40241

Horatio Nelson, by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by  The Baynard Press, after  Lemuel Francis Abbott - NPG D17806

Horatio Nelson

by Robert Sargent Austin, printed by The Baynard Press, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
chromolithograph, published 1943
NPG D17806

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Stephen Govier

17 May 2020, 13:37

Robert Austin [1895-1973] studied art at Leicester School of Art [1909-1913] and then at the Royal College of Art under Frank Short. During the 2nd World War he served as a War Artist. After the war he taught at the Royal College of Art and became the Head of the Engraving Scool in 1946, when Malcolm Osborne retired. He was married to Ada may Harrison the writer and they were the parents of Robin, Rachel and Clare. In his later years he purchased the old Methodist's Chapel in Burnham Overy Staithe which he converted into a studio and home. My father James Henry Govier [1910-1974] assisted Austin as etching demonstrator at the Royal College of Art in 1939. Some of the etchers he influenced and taught were called Austin's Babies. This probably referred to the female art students at the RCA including Eleanor Erlund Hudson and Denise Brown. Austin influenced his pupils with his technical ability and his influence can be seen in the work of his pupils. Stephen Govier son of James Henry Govier etching demonstrator.

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