Robert Kennedy Abbett was born in Hammond, Indiana, in 1926. He studied nights at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and graduated from Purdue University and the University of Missouri. Mr. Abbett wrote for a public relations firm in Chicago before setting off on a career as an artist, working in succession for a number of art studios. His first magazine illustrations were for Extension magazine. Mr. Abbett's list of freelance clients during the 1950s and '60s included Argosy, Reader's Digest, Redbook, Sports Afield, This Week, and True, as well as Ballantine, Bantam, Dell, Fawcett, Pyramid, and Signet books. Bob Abbett left illustration behind in the 1970s. Since then, he has devoted himself to painting pictures of outdoor sporting scenes, hunting dogs, game animals, and similar subjects. He is also a portraitist, a teacher, and magazine columnist. Bob Abbett has lived at his own Oakdale Farm in Connecticut for many years.
You can read more about Bob Abbett at his official website, Oakdale Prints, here, and on a recent blog entry at a blog called Today's Inspiration by Leif Peng, here. A Google Image search will show a variety of Mr. Abbett's many fine paperback cover illustrations from the 1960s. Below is a sampling from my own library.
Text copyright 2011 by Terence E. Hanley