Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Quest of the Holy Grail

The Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail.
1 August 1911 saw the death of Edwin Austin Abbey, an American painter and illustrator who spent a significant amount of time in Britain. 

He flourished at the beginning of what is now referred to as the "golden age" of illustration, and is best known for his drawings and paintings of Shakespearean and Victorian subjects, as well as for his painting of Edward VII's coronation.His most famous work, The Quest of the Holy Grail, resides in the Boston Public Library. It took Abbey eleven years to complete this series of murals in his England studio. In 1908-1909.

However, my favourite painting by Abbey is part of a series he did illustrating the works of Shakespeare. This is the play scene from Hamlet.
The Play Scene in Hamlet (oil on canvas, 1897)

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