Kennedy Abbett (b. 1926, Hammond, Indiana) is an American artist and illustrator.
During the late-1950s, 960s and 1970s, Robert Abbett illustrated book covers
for war novels, detective novels, thrillers, historical fiction and science
fiction. Today, Abbett is best known for his paintings of wildlife (in
particular, dogs), wilderness, sporting, and fishing.
His illustrations have been featured in a large number
of books, magazines, and advertising. He has also authored or been featured
in several art-related books, including A Season for Painting: The Outdoor
Paintings of Robert K. Abbett and Wings from Cover:
The Upland Images of Robert Abbett and Ed Gray.
Abbett is a graduate of both the University of Missouri
and Purdue University. In 1953, Abbett moved to rural Connecticut where
he built a house on an old farm (namely, Oakdale Farm). There, Abbett was
inspired by the untouched wilderness and forests, and began painting what
he has become famous for today: animals and countrylife.
Robert K. Abbett was an illustrator for Ballantine Books,
Pyramid Books and Ace Books, as well as Gold Medal, Avon, Permabook, and
Pocket Books. He illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs' books, including the
Tarzan series, Barsoom series, and Pellucidar series.
Visit the Robert Abbett Website