Born in Amsterdam in 1883, Salomon Van Abbe, also known as Jack van Abbé or Jack Abbey, was an artist, etcher and illustrator of books and magazines who has shown paintings in national collections throughout the United Kingdom. Having moved with his family to England when he was five years old, becoming a naturalised citizen, Van Abbe went on to study at local state schools, the People’s Palace, Toynbee Hall, the Central School of Art and at the London County Council School of Photo-engraving and Lithography at Bolt Court, where he met Edmund Blampied, Robert Charles Peter and John Nicolson. In 1923, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers.and was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, as well as President of the London Sketch Club and a member of the Art Workers Guild. He was awarded a bronze medal at the Paris Salon in 1939. Much of his commercial work was to design the dust jackets for books from for publishers such as Ward Lock & Co, Collins, Thomas Nelson, Thornton Butterworth, Methuen, John Murray, Skeffingtons, Hamish Hamilton, Nash and Grayson and Herbert Jenkins.