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Edwin Austin Abbey. 1852-1911.

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'Ha! Ha! Ha! Was there ever such a sober sentimental interview?' 1887. Etching after the drawing by Abbey. 9 7/8 x 8 5/8. As published in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER: A Comedy by Dr. Goldsmith with drawings by Edwin A. Abbey Harper & Brothers, New York, New York, 1887, deluxe edition, folio. Some wrinkling to the paper; otherwise fine condition. Unsigned proof on tissue. Housed in a 15 3/4 x 11 3/4-inch gold leaf and black frame. $175.

Abbey was one of the foremost illustrators of his time. While working as an illustrator for the publishing house of Harper and Brothers, New York City, Abbey began to create illustrations for the poems of Robert Herrick in 1874. He went on to create illustrations for some of the works of Oliver Goldsmith and William Shakespeare. He moved to England in 1878, where he would remain for the rest of his life. He was elected in 1883 to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-Colours.

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