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A Few Pigments
03-01-2005, 04:40 PM
Edwin Austin Abbey
American, Golden Age,
Illustrator and Muralist,
born 1852 - died 1911



Bud Plant Illustrated Books http://www.bpib.com/abbey.htm

ARC http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/art.asp?aid=216
One pastel and bio
1895 The Queen in Hamlet
Pastel on paperboard
27.87 x 21.89 inches / 70.8 x 55.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA

Artnet http://www.artnet.com/artist/1175/Edwin%20Austin_Abbey.html
1894 Woman in a White Dress
Pastel on paper
Signed lower right: E. A. Abbey, 1894
h: 26.5 x w: 20.5 in / h: 67.3 x w: 52.1 cm

1895 The Queen in Hamlet
Pastel on paperboard
27.87 x 21.89 inches / 70.8 x 55.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/viewOne.asp?dep=2&viewMode=1&item=18%2E142
1895 Dirge of the Three Queens
Pastel on paper
29 x 45 1/4 in. (73.7 x 114.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Edwin A. Abbey, 1918 (18.142)

Smithsonian American Art Museum http://americanart.si.edu/search/search_artworks1.cfm?StartRow=1&format=short&db=all&LastName=&FirstName=&Title=&Accession=1973.28.1&Keyword=
1895 The Queen in "Hamlet"
Edwin Austin Abbey
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Oil Paintings
Shakespeare Illustrated http://www.english.emory.edu/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Abbey.html
1896 Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne,
Oil on canvas, 52.5 x 104.25 inches.
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

1897 Hamlet,
Oil on canvas, 61.25 x 96.5 inches.
Yale University, New Haven.
Larger image http://cgfa.sunsite.dk/a/p-abbey1.htm

1898 King Lear,
Oil on canvas, 54.5 x 127.25 inches.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

1899 O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
Oil on canvas, 61.25 x 97 inches.
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

1900 The Penance of Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester,
Oil on canvas, 49 x 85 inches.
Museum of Art, The Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Lady Anne, 1899
Oil on canvas, 48 X 24" (121.92 x 60.96 cm.)

The Butler Institute of American Art http://www.butlerart.com/pc_book/pages/edwin_austin_abbey_1852.htm
1899 The Lady Anne,
Oil on canvas, 48 X 24" (121.92 x 60.96 cm.)

The Royal Academy http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/ixbin/hixclient.exe?submit-button=SUMMARY&$02/874%20index%20mus_obj_parts=.&_IXMAXHITS_=1&_IXSPFX_=full/t
1899 A Lute Player,
Oil on canvas 770 X 515 mm Diploma Work Edwin Austin Abbey, R.A. accepted in 1900

The Athenaeum http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/by_artist.php?id=240
1899 Potpourri,
oil on canvas

The Athenaeum http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=14525
1878 Near Easthampson
Height: 17.78 cm (7 in.), Width: 27.94 cm (11 in.)
watercolor on paper

1882 Winter
gouache on paper
44" x 28"
University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Collection

03-03-2005, 11:19 AM
Thank-you Bruce for my monthly dose of Art history. :D

I really appreciate the work you put into doing this, and I'm sure others do as well. :)

Deborah Secor
03-06-2005, 05:03 PM
I love the color in this one. It looks like work I've seen recently--the graphic lines and the gestural approach. It could be brand new on WC, couldn't it?


Neat work! Thanks for sharing, Bruce!!


03-09-2005, 04:00 PM
I really enjoyed looking at these beautiful works of art and learning about this artist, whom I knew nothing of before now. Thanks to you, Bruce!! :wave:

A Few Pigments
03-11-2005, 10:44 PM
Thank you Kristie.

dee_artist, I think the one you picked out is the best pastel Abbey did. Itís my personal favorite too.

Thank you Muffin_4377.

03-12-2005, 10:30 AM
Bruce, I have never heard of Edwin Abbey before but the picture Deborah picked out is astonishingly good. I am rushing to look at the links you provided. Thanks!

03-14-2005, 01:59 AM
Bruce ...thanks again for all your research and work you bring to us each month.....Your post is so rich in information that instead of trying to take it all in at one time, I like to savor the flavor ....sorta like licking an icecream cone intead of biting it...lol,,,thanks again.

A Few Pigments
03-14-2005, 08:52 PM
Hi prestonsega and thank you, Iím glad youíre enjoying these threads.

Hi E-J, I had never heard of Edwin Austin Abbey until I started doing research for these threads. I was surprised to discover one of Abbeyís friends was John Singer Sargent, and Sargent did a portrait of Abbey in pencil.

1888-89, John Singer Sargents portrait of Edwin Asutin Abbey in pencil, 14 x 10 1/8 inches.

Abbey was an illustrator, but itís interesting to study the work of illustrators because they can help us understand how to focus on a subject and make it more dramatic.