Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)

Phylis Austin Sleeping on the Cunard, (1932)


SKU: 2973

Etching plate: 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (21 x 26 cm) print: 11 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (30 x 32 cm)

Height – 21cm
Width – 26cm

14 in stock


The Artist’s Estate

A limited edition of 8 impressions, printed on ARCHES  (250 g/m¬≤) paper, were produced  in 2008 by David Maes.


This etching was created on the return from the Austin’s honeymoon.  The newly-wed Phyllis Austin (Kneafcy), a Canadian Opera singer, is shown sleeping in the cabin of the Cunard ship on which they sailed from Canada in 1932. A box of her favourite Laura Secord Candies can be seen on the bedside table.

phylis austin
Phylis Austin with one of the portraits depicting herself


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Frederick Austin
1902 - 1990

Printmaker and painter, born in Leicester, brother of the artist Robert Sargent Austin. He studied at Leicester School of Art and at Royal College of Art under Malcolm Osborne, William Rothenstein and Randolph Schwabe, 1924-7. Prix de Rome for engraving won in 1927. Exhibited RA, RE of which he was a member, and extensively abroad. British Museum, Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and several foreign collections hold his work. Lived in London.


Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
Woman Sleeping (Cunard Line), 1932
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
Boats at Chiswick Mall, early 1930’s
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
Study of Shed and Cabbage Garden, Leicestershire,1921
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
The Artist Dreaming
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
An Allegory of War, 1939-1945
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
Phylis Austin Sleeping on the Cunard, (1932)
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
Sleeping Woman (Cunard Line ), 1932
Frederick Austin (1902 - 1990)
Landscape (1932)