N03992 ILLUSTRATION TO ‘JUDITH SHAKESPEARE’ 1883
Inscr. ‘E. A. Abbey, Dec 22 1883.’ b.r.
Pen and ink, 12×16 1/2 (30×42).
Presented by a group of admirers through John Singer Sargent 1924.
Coll: Mrs E. A. Abbey.
Lit: Lucas, 1921, 1, pp.123, 131, 134, 143.
Repr: William Black, Judith Shakespeare, a novel serialized in Harper's Magazine, LXVIII, 1884, p.948.
William Black, the author, first approached the artist in August 1882 about contributing illustrations to his book Judith Shakespeare, a novel about William Shakespeare's daughter. In December 1883 Abbey was having difficulty in finishing his illustrations, but throughout the next year Harper's Magazine regularly published the whole of his ‘Judith’ drawings until their reappearance in book form. This drawing illustrates the meeting of Judith Shakespeare with Master Leofric Hope, described in Chapter 13 of the story, and was captioned ‘Then he bowed low again and withdrew’…