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Exclusive Publisher Hardcover Edition. Our Highest Recommendation. By Alice “Bunny” Carter. One of the finest pen & ink artists of his day; this first-ever book focuses on Edwin Austen Abbey’s (1852-1911) work in magazines and books. 350 drawings, including an exquisite series done over twenty years for The Comedies of William Shakespeare, followed by a very rare set, The Shakespeare Tragedies. His painstaking devotion to research while securing the appropriate costumes, props and models for his drawings was legendary. He is in the rarefied class of Joseph Clement Coll, Franklin Booth, Arthur Rackham, and Frank Godwin — all masters of the medium– and he was the first in this line of greats. An extensive new essay by Alice A. Carter offers a fresh look at his life and career. Flesk, 2021.

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One of the finest pen & ink artists of his day; this first-ever book focuses on Edwin Austen Abbey’s (1852-1911) work in magazines and books. 350 drawings, including an exquisite series done over twenty years for The Comedies of William Shakespeare, followed by a very rare set, The Shakespeare Tragedies. His painstaking devotion to research while securing the appropriate costumes, props and models for his drawings was legendary. He is in the rarefied class of Joseph Clement Coll, Franklin Booth, Arthur Rackham, and Frank Godwin — all masters of the medium– and he was the first in this line of greats. An extensive new essay by Alice A. Carter offers a fresh look at his life and career.

He illustrated the poetry of Robert Herrick and enhanced such popular 19th century books as The Deserted Village, Old Songs, She Stoops to Conquer and The Quiet Life.

This special Publisher’s Edition is only available from limited outlets, possibly just the publisher and ourselves.

Abbey was born just two years after the inaugural release of Harper’s Monthly Magazine. Starting with his first published drawing in December 1870 at age 18, Abbey’s life-long association with the publisher resulted in hundreds of drawings found within the pages of Harper’s Monthly Magazine and Harper’s Weekly as well as Harper & Brothers books, the same publishers that were doing all of Howard Pyle’s early work, such as the King Arthur series.

The resulting exposure throughout the U.S. and Europe secured an extensive level of recognition. Abbey’s work appealed to everyone from the average reader to the most prestigious artists of the day. The inclusion of Abbey’s illustrations in these periodicals helped to expand the reach of the poetry, stories and essays that they accompanied to a massive audience.

Drawings created for numerous short stories and poetry are displayed here as well. The results are some of the most revered illustrations ever created, which continue to astound aficionados and inspire artists generations after Abbey’s last drawing was made.

Alice “Bunny” Carter is the Acting Director and Professor of Art in the School of Art & Design at San Jose State University in California, and on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Her illustration clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Rolling Stone Magazine and the New York Times. Her previous books include The Art of National Geographic: One Hundred Years of Illustration, (1999); The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love, (2000); The Essential Thomas Eakins (2001); and Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in the Golden Age (2005). Coming up next from Flesk and Carter is the life and art of Howard Pyle.

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