Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852-1911

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Birth 1852-04-01
Death 1911-08-01

Biographical notes:

E. A. Abbey was a painter. Born in Philadelphia, he was self-taught and initially employed in a wood engraver's shop. In 1872, Abbey began working as an illustrator for Harper's. He also painted murals, including those for the Boston Public Library and Pennsylvania Capitol.

From the description of Letter, 1874 November 26 : to L. Prang. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84665753

Abbey was an American artist and illustrator who moved to England in 1878 and remained there until his death.

From the description of [Letter] 1908 Nov. 16, Morgan Hall, Fairford, Gloucestershire [to] "My dear Alden" / Edwin A. Abbey. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 137240762

Painter, illustrator, mural painter.

From the description of Edwin Austin Abbey letters, 1874-[ca. 1887]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77998165

Edwin Austin Abbey was an American book illustrator and painter.

From the description of Edwin Austin Abbey letters and photographs of his work, 1906-1907, n.d. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 34969073

American painter and illustrator.

From the description of Letters, 1883-1903. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79925119

American illustrator.

From the description of Letters, 1884-1907. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367553514

Artist, writer.

Abbey laid claim to being America's first great illustrator. His work was inspirational and influential during his life and remains so today.

From the description of Florida crackers going to church, 1875. (University of Florida). WorldCat record id: 50132066


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