Mini Biography: Elenore Plaisted Abbott

Birth: Oct. 1875-76
Death: 1935
Nationality: American
Movement: Illustrator
Although there is some confusion about the year of Plaisted Abbott’s birth she was born in Maine and received an extensive art education primarily in the Philadelphia area. She studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Drexel University. Plaisted Abbott was an illustrator and produced images for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Harper’s as well as for books such as the 1911 printing of Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe’s 1919 edition. She married artist C. Yarnall Abbott in 1898, gave birth to a child when she was in her early 30’s and a few years the family made their home in Rose Valley, PA. a small borough outside of Philadelphia. In addition to illustration Plaisted Abbott also designed sets for the local theatre company, Hedgerow Theatre (visit the theatre’s website too). Her artwork financed the construction of the Rose Valley Swimming Pool a few years before her death.
Some of her notable work includes: Treasure Island (1911), Robinson Crusoe (1919), and Grimms’ Fairy Tales (1920). The illustration below is Six Swans from Grimm’s Fairy Tales published in 1920 and the cropped header image is from a piece titled Rose Valley, which is a folding screen created in 1903 or 1904.