EDWIN AUSTIN ABBEY RA (1852-1911)
King Lear (United Kingdom, 1898)
Gouache over photograph
Description / Expertise
This period reproduction is after Edwin Austin Abbey's Royal Academy exhibit of 1898.
The title of the painting ia accompanied by the following lines:
Ye jewels of our father, with washed eyes
Cordelia leaves you. I know what you are;
And, like a sister, am most loth to call
Your faults as they are named. Love well our father.
To your professed bosoms I commit him.
But yet, alas! stood I within his grace,
I would prefer him to a better place.
So farewell to you both.
E. A. Abbey was born and brought up in Philadelphia and settled permanantly in England in 1880. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and continued to take commissions in America.