Ex Libris - Eugénie STRONG
Framed (ref: 8467)
Signed with initials in plate
Print from cancelled plate
5 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (13.4 x 8.2 cm)
Austin was the Rome Scholar in Engraving for 1922. The Ex Libris plate designed for the renown Classics scholar Eugenie Strong depicts the Elephant and Obelisk sculpture by Bernini.(1667), from the Piazza della Minerva in Rome.
Eugenie Strong (1860-1943) was the first woman admitted to the British School in Athens. She published Roman Sculpture from Augustus to Constantine, in 1907, which was to become her most famous book. A two-volume Art in Ancient Rome from the Earliest Times to Justinian appeared in 1929. She was assistant director of the British School at Rome from 1909-1925, working alongside Thomas Ashby. When frictions became pronounced, the School's board in England terminated the contracts of both Ashby and Strong in 1925.
After her retirement Strong continued to live in Rome, where her flat in the Via Balbo became an intellectual and social centre for scholars and students. She remained in Rome throughout World War II and an ardent supporter of Benito Mussolini, largely because of his archaeological policies. Her eccentricities and support for fascism marred her reputation for years after her death.
Robert Austin (1895-1973)
Printmaker and draughtsman, born in Leicester. He studied at the School of Art there and at the Royal College of Art, 1914-16 and 1919-22, winning the Rome Scholarship for engraving in the latter year. He taught engraving at the Royal College of Art, 1927-44, becoming Professor in the Department of Graphic Design, 1948-55. Showed with RWS, of which he was a member and President; RE, of which he was a member; and the RA, to which he was elected in 1949. Austin was a meticulous craftsman-engraver and a vigorous draughtsman, as his series of drawings of Women's Auxiliary Air Force and ballooning activities done during World War II shows. The Tate Gallery holds his work.
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, organised an exhibition of his work in 1980.
More recently he was the subject of two shows at the Fine Art Society plc (2001 and 2002), the latter organised in conjunction with Liss Fine Art Ltd.
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