Robert Austin: Hero's Widow, 1944 - on Art WW I



Robert Austin:
Hero's Widow, 1944

Unmounted (ref: 4511)

Engraving, posthumously printed, 9 1/4 x 7 in. (23.5 x 17.5 cm.)

(12 1/4 x 9 5/8 in. (31 x 24.5 cm.) framed)

Tags: Robert Austin engraving print war women work

The subject of this meticulously handled image is evident in the title - hundreds of thousands of women were widowed during the Second World War.  This engraving was made after the publication of Campbell Dodgson’s catalogue on the engraved works of Robert Sargent Austin and has been listed variously under the titles of Woman with Saw, Widow of a Hero and Hero’s Widow – it was under this last title that the plate was issued as the presentation plate of the Print Collectors’ Club at the end of 1944. 

An example of the engraving is in the collection of the V&A collection of Prints and Drawings, (accession no. E.523-1952)

We are grateful to Michael Campbell for assistance

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