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Jack Montague Austin (1900 -1984)

Jack was born in 1900 in Hampshire to Benjamin and Winifred Austin.
At the age of 14 Jack lied about his age and enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve spending much of the Frst World War minesweeping in the Adriatic He returned home to work as an engineer on the Sandbanks Ferry.
In the 1930’s he married Una Morley and they had a daughter Enid moving to Essex where Jack drove a tanker during the second World War.
The family later made their home in Norwich and Jack travelled around the county selling veterinary products to farmers and often one of his paintings as well!
Although never having had any art training Jack enjoyed painting intricate watercolours of local scenes, the family remarked on his collection of paintbrushes with just one or two hairs in them. Jack’s granddaughter Alison Smith who kindly supplied us with this information also added that she has very clear memories of her grandad painting and in adding his personal touch to his pictures he often included his granddaughter in the scenes depicted as a small figure with blonde hair in a red coat!
Jack always recycled everything including using backs of paper and boards to paint on, when reframing several small miniatures Tudor Galleries noted that some had been painted on garage work sheets!
Jack’s talent may have been in his genes as his paternal grandmother was Julia Sisley and she was a cousin of the renowned painter Alfred Sisley.
Jack Montague Austin died in 1984.

Work by Jack Montague Austin (1900 -1984)

Bishop’s Bridge, Norwich

Bishop’s Bridge, Norwich

Watercolour
5¼in x 8in (13.4cm x 20.3cm)

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Bishop’s Gate Bridge, Norwich

Bishop’s Gate Bridge, Norwich

Watercolour Miniature
2in x 3in (5.1cm x 7.6cm)

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Britons Arms, Elm Hill, Norwich

Britons Arms, Elm Hill, Norwich

Watercolour Miniature
3in x 2in (7.6cm x 5.1cm)

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Cowgate, Norwich

Cowgate, Norwich

Watercolour Miniature
3in x 2in (7.6cm x 5.1cm)

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Horning Ferry

Horning Ferry

Watercolour
4in x 5¼in (10.2cm x 13.4cm)

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Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle

Watercolour Miniature
2in x 3in (5cm x 7.6cm)

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Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

Watercolour Miniature
2in x 3in (5.1cm x 7.6cm)

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Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

Watercolour Miniature
2in x 3in (5.1cm x 7.6cm)

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Norwich Cathedral – West Door

Norwich Cathedral – West Door

Watercolour Miniature
3in x 2in (7.6cm x 5.1cm)

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Old Barge Yard, Norwich

Old Barge Yard, Norwich

Watercolour Miniature
3in x 2in (7.6cm x 5.1cm)

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Oulton Broad Wherry

Oulton Broad Wherry

Watercolour
4in x 5¼in (10.2cm x 13.4cm)

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Pulls Ferry, Norwich

Pulls Ferry, Norwich

Watercolour
5¼in x 8in (13.4cm x 20.3cm)

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Pulls Ferry, Norwich

Pulls Ferry, Norwich

Watercolour Miniature
2in x 3in (5.1cm x 7.6cm)

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Sailing Yacht in Open Seas

Sailing Yacht in Open Seas

Watercolour
6in x 4.4in (15.2cm x 11cm)

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St Olaves Bridge

St Olaves Bridge

Watercolour
4in x 5¼in (10.2cm x 13.4cm)

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