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[A specimen of sketching landscapes, in a free and masterly manner, with a pen or pencil:
[A specimen of sketching landscapes, in a free and masterly manner, with a pen or pencil: exemplified in thirty etchings, done from original drawings of Lucatelli, after the life, in and about Rome. By William Austin.]
[Published according to Act of Parliament, by the Author William Austin, in George-Street, Hanover-Square, where Drawing and Etching are taught in the most expeditious Manner.][n.d, 1781.]
Quarto, contemporary half calf and marbled boards; 30 etched plates, lacking title page. Binding rubbed.
One of the rarest of eighteenth century drawing books, containing 30 etched plates of vedute after Italian artist Andrea Locatelli (1695-1741), etched by William Austin. William Austin (1721 - 1820) was a pupil of George Bickham and worked with Paul Sandby and Francis Vivares. He ran a print-shop publishing some political caricatures, anti-French and pro-Fox, but gave up print making for teaching drawing, first in London and afterwards in Brighton. The title (as above) comes from the example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Yale Center for British Art has a pirated version, 'exemplified in thirty-eight etchings', published by T. Simpson, 1781.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 60.574.3.
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A Macaroni Ass Mach Between the Cubs NB. St-e Gamblers
A Macaroni Ass Mach Between the Cubs NB. St-e Gamblers Nature Display'd both Serious and Comic in 12 Designs Dedicated to S. Foot Esqr
[by William Austin]
Pubd as ye Act Directs May 1st 1773
Engraving, sheet 255 x 360mm (10 x 14¼"). Trimmed.
Two 'cubs' (ie sons of Henry Fox, first Baron Holland of Foxley) ride on horseback. The figure on the right, stood on an ass which refuses to cross the stream, is probably intended for Charles James Fox, while the figure on the left, jeering while crossing the stream, is probably Henry Fox, a keen horserider in his youth. Henry Fox, in the military academy in Strasbourg at this time, was stationed in Boston the following year and participated in the early battles of the American War of Independence. First in a set of twelve prints by William Austin (1721/33-1820), drawing-master and engraver. Austin taught caricature to amateurs and this series, which mocked several well-known personages (as did its dedicatee, the actor Samuel Foote) contains some of the most lively English caricatures of the period between Hogarth and the late Georgian satire of Gillray and Rowlandson.
BM Satires 5112; for others in the set see refs. 18916 and 18896.
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[Four Times of the Day] The Morning.  [&]  Noon.  [&]  The Evening.  [&]  Night.
[Four Times of the Day] The Morning. [&] Noon. [&] The Evening. [&] Night.
[Various artists.] Waterloo pinxt. Rysdal pinxt. Vangoen pinxt. Vanderneer pinxt. Austin sculpt. Major Excudit.
Sold by the Printsellers of London & Westminster. Major excudit. [London, c.1740.]
Rare set of four etchings after Dutch masters by William Austin, the first three plates with all-over sepia/light brown watercolour wash applied, 'Night' in blue. Each c.280 x 370mm, 11 x 14½". Laid on album pages, good margins.
Four Dutch landscapes, all featuring water, ships, buildings and figures, illustrating different stages of a day; each plate with two lines of verse to either side of title.
Painters include Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael, Jan van Goyen, and Aert van der Neer. William Austin (1721 - 1820), engraver and draftsman, was born in London in 1721. He was a pupil of George Bickham; but after having engraved a few plates, he relinquished the practice of the art, and devoted the remainder of his life to teaching drawing, first in London and afterwards in Brighton. He for some time kept a print-shop, and published some political caricatures, which were mostly directed against the French, and in support of the administration of Charles James Fox.

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