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Edwin Abbey

AKA Edwin Austin Abbey

Born: 1-Apr-1852
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 1-Aug-1911
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Painter, Artist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: American artist in London

As a young man, Edwin Abbey worked as an illustrator in Philadelphia, and first came to prominence with "Puritans' First Thanksgiving", published in Harper's Weekly in 1870. In 1871 he moved to New York City, where he worked for Harper & Brothers publishers, and drew his famous illustrations of Robert Herrick's poems. In 1878 Harper & Brothers sent Abbey to London for a publicity tour, but Abbey soon realized that England was where he felt most at home, and except for occasional trips he never again left London. He worked with oils and water colors, and earned accolades both for small-scope illustrations and major murals. His most famous works include "Quest of the Holy Grail " at the Boston Public Library, "Spirit of Light" at the Pennsylvania State Capitol rotunda, his illustrations of Shakespeare's works, and the coronation portrait of King Edward VII which hangs at Buckingham Palace.

Father: William Maxwell Abbey (b. 1826, d. 1897)
Mother: Margery Ann Kiple Abbey
Wife: Mary Gertrude Mead (painter, b. 1851, m. 1890, d. 1931)

    University: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (attended)

    French Legion of Honor
    Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours
    Royal Academy of Arts
    National Academy of Design


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