Unloading the Catch

Unloading the Catch



Samuel Austin (1796-1834)
Unloading the Catch

Signed lower centre:
S. Austin
Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour
30.5 by 50.7 cm., 12 by 20 in.

Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Centenary Exhibition of the Work of Samuel Austin (1796-1834), July to September 1934
Samuel Austin was born in Liverpool and initially established himself as a drawing master, teaching at a girls' school in Liverpool and taking private pupils. He exhibited regularly both in Liverpool and London, although he only exhibited once at the Royal Academy. Between 1822 and 1832 he exhibited over 100 drawings at the Liverpool Academy of which he was elected an associate in 1815 and member in 1823. He was a founding member of the Society of British Artists and in 1827, he was elected an Associate of the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, becoming a full member in 1833.
The present watercolour is characteristic of Austin's handling of watercolour, loosely applied in clear washes.