Thursday, November 19, 2009

Abbey's Morgan Hall

Blog reader Susan Fox did some good sleuth work, and found the Broadway, U.K. home of American expatriate illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey.

"The house is called Morgan Hall," she writes. "It took a little asking around the village, but I found someone who remembered that Abbey the artist had lived here. I walked down the drive, took a deep breath and knocked on the door, but no one was home. The drapes were pulled and a I sneaked a peek at the beautifully furnished interior and grabbed a couple of photos of the outside. This was in 1993."

"As you will see, Illustration and painting seems to have paid pretty well for Abbey. It's quite a house. Classic Cotswolds stone country home. It's right off the village green on one of the roads out of town. As far as I have been able to figure out, this is where Sargent painted Carnation Lily, Lily Rose."

Thanks, Susan! See her work on Cafepress. Previous GJ post on Abbey.


i, me said...

i love the cotswolds, though they are so touristed and expensive now - and those 'peaceful' villages are filled with tourists snapping pictures...

but those quaint little cottages are far out of range for even successful artists now -

kind of like that famous apartment building on 67 and CPW that was built for artsist

Ian Schoenherr said...

And if you want to know more about Abbey, E. V. Lucas's two volume "Edwin Austin Abbey / Royal Academician / The Record of his Life and Work" (1921) is available - in full - on Google Books.