Allan McNab – Salzburg, Austria 1935


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Signed by the artist and dated 1935 (lower right). Further inscribed with the name of the artist and title on the back of the picture. Pencil with pen and brown ink and grey wash on paper; laid on board and presented in a new mount.

Sheet: 15 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (40.2 x 51.2 cm.)
Mount: 20 5/8 x 24 1/2 in. (52.4 x 62.2 cm.)


The view looks over the old town with a clear view of Hohensalzburg castle above a steep rock. The architectural detail and precise execution of pen-line are very much like the etchings of old Mediterranean towns and harbours McNab produced in the 20s and 30s. The picture gives us a snapshot of the city only three years before it’s occupation into the Third Reich, which took place on 12 March 1938, one day before a scheduled referendum on Austria’s independence. German troops moved into the city, political opponents, Jewish citizens and other minorities were subsequently arrested and deported to concentration camps. The synagogue was destroyed. Just to the left of the castle you can see the tower of Noonberg Abbey, the Benedictine Monastery.


McNab, Allan (1901-1982)

Artist, print maker, designer, and arts administrator. McNab studied at the Royal College of Art in London and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris during the 1920s. He produced a small body of prints during the 1920s and early 1930s before becoming a design director for Norman Bel Geddes from 1938-1945. He later became an art director for Life Magazine before working in art museum administration as director of the Lowe Gallery at the University of Miami and Director of Administration at the Art Institute of Chicago. McNab exhibited his prints at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, and other venues. His work is major collections such as the British Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, Cornell University, Princeton University, and others.