|Born||Elfriede Martha Abbe
February 6, 1919
|Died||December 31, 2012
Elfriede Martha Abbe (1919-2012) was an American sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, often displaying nature and simple country living inspired by her Upstate New York home. A self-publisher, Abbe printed numerous hand-printed books, which she created on a printing press in her studio.
Personal life & teaching
Elfriede Abbe was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919. She graduated from Cornell University in 1940, earning a degree in architecture and attended Syracuse University. From 1942 until her retirement in 1974 she was an illustrator at Cornell. After retiring from Cornell in 1974 she lived and worked in Vermont. She lived in Manchester. until her death in 2012. Her estate is represented by Elaine Beckwith Gallery.
- Barrett-Colea Prize; National Sculpture Society
- Elliot Liskin Award; Salmagundi Club
- Gold; National Arts Club
- Gold; Pen & Brush
- Fellowship; The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
- National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
- Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
- "Legacy.com Obituary".
- "Artist biographies" (PDF). Arizona Timebank. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
- "Elfriede Abbe work on exhibit at Cornell's Kroch Library". Cornell Chronicle. 1996. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
- "Elfriede Abbe". Printmaking. Frog Hollow. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
- "Elfriede Abbe, Wood Engravings". Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011.
- "Art". Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Guide to the Elfriede Abbe Papers, 1840-2010". Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Cornell University Library. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Garden spice and wild pot-herbs". Watsonline. Thomas J. Watson Library The Catalog of the Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Seven Irish Tales". Thomas J. Watson Library. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "The city of Carcassonne". Thomas J. Watson Library. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Plants of Virgil's Georgics". National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "snap dragon". Botanical Art Database. New York Botanical Garden. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Liber amicorum : presented in honor of Ruth Mortimer, 1994". Archivegrid. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Fine Press". Yale University Library. Yale University. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
Published works by Abbe
- Abbe, Elfriede. The Plants of Virgil's Georgics: Commentary and Woodcuts By Elfriede Abbe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1965. ISBN 0-8014-0001-5