Robert Austin drawing in charcoal of a woman lifting a load. Drawn on hand made laid paper by F.J.Head & Co. On reverse is a unfinished sketch of a large church with buildings.( Austin did do a large pastel or oil titled ‘A Peasant Woman Resting her Load’ in 1927) The sketch may possibly be of a similar date.
Image size 280 x 300mm (11 x 12 inches)
Sheet size 290 x 465mm (11.5 x 19 inches)
The image is of a young couple seated with the woman holding a baby, is a similar theme as his etching ‘Wayside family’ made in 1923, no 39 in the Campbell Dodgson’s 1930 publication ‘A Catalogue of Etchings and Engravings by Robert Austin R.E. from 1913-1930’. I suspect this was drawn at the same time Circa 1922 and may have possibly been a prelude to the final etching.