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.
Abandoned law to study art under Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Traveled to Paris to continue his studies under Courtois and Collin at the Academie Colarossi.
Was instrumental in the formation of the Rockport Art Association.
1924 – 1925
Served as president of the Rockport Art Association.
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.
Yarnall Abbott died June 24, 1938.