Augusta Rathbone 1897-1990

Annex Galleries - On Fine Prints and Artists

In 1980, while visiting a western painting gallery in Tucson, Arizona the gallery representative pulled from under the counter a handful of color prints depicting French Riviera villages that deftly combined the techniques of etching and color aquatint. We had no knowledge of the artist, Augusta Rathbone, but we were enchanted by her imagery, her bold use of line, and her color sense and purchased the group. In our research for an exhibition and catalog, Fifty Years of California Prints, we met with Elizabeth Ginno, widow of the etcher John Winkler. Ginno had served as President of the California Society of Etchers and we were anxious to hear her stories. She mentioned that she had had a two-person exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in 1954 and the other artist was Augusta Rathbone. We were amazed to hear that name and discovered that Augusta was living…

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