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Salomon Van Abbé RBA ARE (1883-1955)


Salomon Van Abbé, RBA ARE (1883-1955)

Dutch-born Salomon Van Abbé developed a range of skills at a number of London art schools, and established himself as a very English illustrator. He is now best remembered for his etchings of legal subjects and his illustrations for popular classics.

Salomon Van Abbé was born in Amsterdam on 31 July 1883, the son of a diamond dealer, and elder brother of the illustrator who worked as ‘Joseph Abbey’. He moved to England with his family when he was five years old, and was educated in London. He studied art at Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel; the People’s Palace, Bow; the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the LCC’s School of Photo-Engraving and Lithography, Bolt Court, Fleet Street (the last under Walter Bayes, Cecil Rae and Walter Seymour). At Bolt Court, he met fellow etcher, Edmund Blampied, who later married Van Abbé’s sister, Marianne.
Working initially as a periodical illustrator, Van Abbé contributed regularly to various newspapers and magazines including The Illustrated London News.

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