Samuel Austin (British, 1796-1834) was a native of Liverpool. He commenced life as a banker's clerk, but eventually gave up a good position in order to devote himself entirely to the art in which he had excelled as an amateur, and of which he was enthusiastically fond. He exhibited water-colour drawings at the Society of British Artists from 1824 to 1826, and from 1827 at the annual exhibitions of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, of which body he was elected an associate in the last-named year. He painted landscapes, and occasionally rustic figures: but his best works were coast scenes, introducing boats and figures, some of which were from sketches in the Netherlands, France, and on the Rhine. An example of his work, Shakespeare's Cliff, Dover, with Luggers on the Beach, is in the South Kensington Museum.
His high reported realized price is over $21,000.00. An interesting fact is that over 90 percent of his artwork offered at public sales has been sold. (Most artists will have 40 to 60 percent sold).
Artist: Samuel Austin (1796 - 1834).
Medium: Watercolor heightened with white and gum arabic, on paper laid on board.
Size: 12 3/4 by 11 inches (sheet); framed under glass 20 by 18 by 2 inches.
Signed faintly lower left: S. Austin
PROVENANCE: James King Fine Art Galleries, Liverpool, England; J.A. Cooling & Sons, London; Private collection, Japan.
Condition: Light staining, spots of foxing, and surface grime. Framed under glass.
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