Mar 1, 2011

Edwin Austin Abbey’s The Quest for the Holy Grail

In the pages above and below please find reproductions of Edwin Austin Abbey’s series of fifteen paintings “The Quest for the Holy Grail.”  Currently these paintings are incorporated into the Abbey Room at the Boston Public Library.  They haven’t, to my knowledge, been reproduced in any print or art book, and I have only found low rez pictures of the full cycle on a single obscure web page.

So, with the help of an intrepid photography student in the Boston area, I had the Abbey Room paintings photographed and applied my fledgling Photoshop skills to the RAW image files.  I have posted the results in the following pages, along with a brief description of each of the paintings penned, I believe, by Henry James.

I am also including the original photos of the paintings.

The year after Connecticut Yankee came out, Edwin Austin Abbey, another American expatriate painter, was commissioned to create a 15 panel mural for the Book Delivery Room at the new Boston Public Library. The subject he chose was "The Quest for the Holy Grail."