Robert 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.
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