The American illustrator, Edwin Austin Abbey (1852 – 1911) , is another favorite of mine. I was lucky enough to have seen his Shakespeare paintings at Yale University (their permanent home), when I was an art student. These paintings are huge and actually glow! It almost appears that the characters are about to step out of the canvas! He also painted characters from Arthurian legend and Victorian themes. The sketch of Abbey is by John Singer Sargeant.