He was the son of the artist Vicente Urrabieta y Ortiz (1813-1879).
Daniel Urrabieta y Vierge was an illustrator, noted for his work in pen and ink. He went to Paris before 1870 and won recognition for his drawings of scenes of the Commune. Paralyzed on his right side at the age of 30, Vierge learned to draw with his left hand. He worked for Le Monde illustré and Vie moderne, and he illustrated the works of Hugo, Zola, Poe, and Quevedo. JW's biographer, Joseph Pennell, was very enthusiastic about Vierge's work. Pennell wrote 'Comments on the Drawings of Daniel Urrabietta Vierge' in Pablo de Segovia, London (Unwin), 1892. August F. Jaccaci described Vierge as 'The Father of Modern Illustration' in The Century, June 1893.
The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, http://www.groveart.com (accessed 2003).