Illustration for The Two Brothers by Elenore Abbott
|Birth name||Elenore Plaisted|
Lincoln, Maine, United States
|Field||Illustration, scenic design, painting|
|Training||Philadelphia School of Design for Women, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Drexel Institute|
Elenore Plaisted Abbott (1875 – 1935) was an American Art Nouveau book illustrator, scenic designer, and painter.
Early life and education
Born Elenore Plaisted in Lincoln, Maine, Abbott studied art at three institutions: Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and in Paris, France, the Académie des Beaux-Arts. She moved back to Philadelphia in 1899. She studied with Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute. Pyle was a a major influence on Abbott, and she acknowledged, later in her life, that she created her favorite pieces under his tutelage.
Mid-life and career
She married C. Yarnall Abbott in 1907 and the couple lived in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. They had one daughter, Marjorie. As an illustrator she produced work for Harper's Magazine, the Saturday Evening Post, and Scribner's. Abbott created illustrations for works by Robert Lewis Stevenson, Johann David Wyss, Louisa May Alcott, and the Grimm's Fairy Tales. Her illustrations were based on photographs, which she would take and then use to produce images, including paintings.
"Elenore Abbott loves her fairy tales, and no child who receives such a book will be disappointed... Elenore Abbott is not on the surface a clever artist; her active, vigorous yet idealist’s mind is brought into subjection and guides the long sensitive fingers that hold the water color brush." -Evan Nagel Wolf, 1919
Later life and legacy
- Wolf, Eva Nagel. "Eleanor Abbott, Illustrator." The International Studio. London: John Lane Company (1919). pp XXVII
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