Yarnall Abbott (American, 1938)

Yarnall Abbott (American, 1870–1938) was a Pennsylvania-based photographer and painter of marine and landscape scenes. Before becoming an artist, Abbott studied law, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1892. While working as a lawyer, he showed his work and, after almost a decade as a lawyer, decided to dedicate himself to art full-time. In 1900, Abbott studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Anshutz (American, 1851–1912) and then in 1902, at the Academié Colarossi in Paris under Gustave Courtois (1852 – 1923) and Raphael Collin (1850–1916). He then set up a studio in Philadelphia, PA, where his medium of choice shifted from photography to painting.
/br> Abbott was very involved in the arts throughout the East coast. He helped form, and served as president of, the Rockport Art Association in Massachusetts during the 1920s, and was involved in the Rose Valley Arts and Crafts community outside of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and exhibited annually there from 1916 to 1938. Abbott was also a member of the American Federation of the Arts, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the president of the Philadelphia Art Alliance from 1936 to 1938 (the first artist ever elected to this position). He exhibited at the New York-based Society of Independent Artists, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Timeline

1892
Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School. Went to work in his father’s office, where he continued to practice law for ten years. He exhibited his work both in the United States and Europe while working in father’s office. He received numerous awards from the Philadelphia Photographic Society and became president of the Society of International Photographers.
1900
Abandoned law to study art under Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
1902
Traveled to Paris to continue his studies under Courtois and Collin at the Academie Colarossi.
1921
Was instrumental in the formation of the Rockport Art Association.
1924–1925
Served as president of the Rockport Art Association.
1936
He became the first artist elected president of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, a position he held until 1938. He was also a member of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Chairman of the Circulating Picture Club. He displayed his work at the Pennsylvania Academy Annual Exhibitions from 1916 to 1938 inclusively.
1938
Yarnall Abbott died June 24, 1938.