Engraved Works of John Archibald Austen” Often Over looked & Under Appreciated “
Today’s Collectors that are not more advanced scholars of Early Twenieth Century
British Prints , often over looked the Fine Art of Wood Engravings .
At that time a very few print makers were working in Wood Engraving , with a few exceptions like Clare Leighten , Austin , Beardsley created some very fine works as Illustrative Art that is in deed Fine examples of Wood engraving .
Many were published in Limited editions by such noted Publishers as the Litery Guild , Limited edition Club and others . These works are indeed fine Works of Art , based on earlier Art Publications where Etchers published there own original works during the “British , French and American Print Revivals” a generation earlier .
John Archibald Austen (Dover (Kent), 5 January 1886 – Hythe (Kent), 27 October 1948) was an English book illustrator. His early works, including a fine Hamlet, were Beardsleyesque in style, but after 1925 he was influenced by the Art Deco movement. Books which he illustrated in this manner include Daphnis and Chloe and As You Like it. Austen used several techniques in his illustrations, including wood-engraving and scraper board, and changed styles to suit the text he was illustrating. He was also involved in advertising, producing adverts and several posters. He was a friend of Alan Odle and Harry Clarke and exhibited with them at the St George’s Gallery in 1925.
A selection of his works can be seen and appreciated and seen at ;
James Stow & Antony Yau
Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts