Henriette Wyeth

(1907 - 1997)

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Henriette Wyeth, the first child of N.C. Wyeth, began studying painting with her father at the age of eleven.  A childhood bout with polio crippled her right hand.  Even so, as a teenager, holding a paint brush between her first and second fingers, she developed into a fine portraitist.  In 1939, against her father's wishes, she left her tight-knit family to move to a distant valley in New Mexico with her husband, Peter Hurd.

Her distinguished career as a portraitist includes such well-known subjects as First Lady Pat Nixon, actress Helen Hayes, Linda Darnell and author Paul Horgan.