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Abbey and Sargent, Side by Side

4 monthes ago   |   By Gurney Journey

Edwin Austin Abbey shared a studio space with John Singer Sargent in England as they prepared their murals for the Boston Public Library. Abbey had worked for years as a pen-and-ink illustrator, but he had a lot to learn about painting in oil at a large scale.
Fortunately he had Sargent to show him the way, as a contemporary account describes:
Detail of Grail mural by Edwin Austin Abbey "The evolution of Abbey's art at this point is remarkable. Heretofore he had dealt almost entirely in small pictures done in black and white. Now he suddenly 'blossomed forth in a night' as a painter in...
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