AUSTIN, Robert

Robert Austin lithograph ‘Heralds’

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Robert Austin printers proof lithograph, printed on cream cartridge paper, UNSIGNED. Printed at the Royal College of Art, London 1953 as part of the Coronation Suite. I cannot guarantee the signature, therefore sold as unsigned.The sheet is unevenly trimmed, the surface is a little dusty and there is a light mark in the lower margin, outside the image. It would frame up well.

Image size: 303 x 561mm (12 x 16.5 inches)

Sheet size 384 X 56mm (15 x 22 inches)

Item details

Rare. There are signed copies but they were never numbered and therefore the edition size is not known but small.

‘Edwin la Dell (1914-1970) became lithography tutor at the College in 1948 and later the department Professor from 1955 until his death in 1970. He oversaw the production of several print portfolios during his time as both Tutor and Professor, most notably ‘The Coronation Suite’ in 1953 and the ‘Wapping to Windsor’ series in 1957-8. The department then produced a third collection, the ‘Shakespeare’ series in 1964 to commemorate the anniversary of the playwright’s birth. All were lithographic projects reflective of the mass-market appeal for illustrative fine art prints at a relatively inexpensive price.’

Tim Mara; Victoria and Albert Museum (VAM) web site.

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