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N.C. Wyeth

(1882 - 1945)

Biography

Newell Convers Wyeth, born on October 22, 1882, in Needham, Massachusetts, is best known for his outstanding book illustrations.

In 1911, the publishing house of Charles Scribner's Sons engaged Wyeth to illustrate Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, his first commission in Scribner's popular series of classic stories. The 17 paintings that make up the set are masterpieces of American illustration. The success of Treasure Island insured Wyeth a long career, illustrating in succeeding years many classic stories, including Kidnapped, Robin Hood, and The Last of the Mohicans among many, many others. Wyeth also enjoyed a national reputation as a muralist and created images for the American Tobacco Company, Aunt Jemima, Coca-Cola, and General Electric, among many others.

N.C. Wyeth died at a railroad crossing in Chadds Ford in 1945, when an oncoming train hit his car. He had lived long enough to see his children excel in talents he had nurtured-Nathaniel as an inventor; Henriette, Carolyn and Andrew as painters; and Ann as a musician and composer. Andrew Wyeth's son James, also a painter, continues his grandfather's legacy.