Abbey, Edwin Austin, 1852–1911, American illustrator and painter, b. Philadelphia, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Employed by Harper & Brothers, he was sent to England, where he gathered materials for his illustration of Herrick's poems and other works. His illustration of Shakespeare is usually considered his best work. The Quest of the Holy Grail (a series of wall panels in the Boston Public Library) is perhaps his most famous painting. He was official painter of the coronation of Edward VII.
Abbey, Edwin Austin(1852–1911) painter, illustrator; born in Philadelphia. In 1872 he worked as an illustrator for Harper's Magazine, New York. He later painted murals in Boston (1895–1901) and at the Pennsylvania capitol (1908). Much of his life was spent in England, painting historical subjects.