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N.C. Wyeth
Original name: Newell Convers Wyeth
Birth: Oct. 22, 1882
Needham
Norfolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1945
Chadds Ford
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA

Artist, Illustrator. A realist painter, he is best remembered for his illustrations for publisher Charles Scribner's Sons the 'Scribner's Classics' of "Treasure Island." During his lifetime, he created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books. Born Newell Convers Wyeth in Needham, Massachusetts of English and Swiss ancestry, he was the oldest of four brothers who spent much of his time hunting, fishing, and enjoying other outdoor pursuits, and working on the family farm. Encouraged by his mother to paint, by the age of 12 he was producing excellent watercolor paintings. He attended the Boston, Massachusetts Mechanics Arts School to learn drafting, and then the Massachusetts Normal Arts School Eric Pape School of Art to learn illustration. In 1902 he enrolled in the Howard Pyle's School of Art in Wilmington, Delaware and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania where he excelled as an art student. His first commission as an illustrator was a bucking bronco for the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on February 21, 1903. The following year he went to the American West to illustrate cowboy scenes and Native American culture and repeated it on a second trip two years later. In 1907 he returned to Chadds Ford and painted a series of farm scenes for Scribner's. By 1911 he began to move away from Western subjects and on to illustrating classic literature. He painted a series for an edition of "Treasure Island" (1911), by Robert Louis Stevenson, thought by many to be his finest group of illustrations. He also illustrated editions of "Kidnapped" (1913), "Robin Hood" (1917), "The Last of the Mohicans" (1919), "Robinson Crusoe" (1920), "Rip Van Winkle" (1921), "The White Company" (1922), and "The Yearling" (1939). He also did illustrations for prominent periodicals, including Century, Harper's Monthly, Ladies' Home Journal, McClure's, Outing, The Popular Magazine. Additionally, he illustrated posters, calendars, and advertisements for Lucky Strike, Cream of Wheat, and Coca-Cola, as well as paintings of Beethoven, Wagner, and Liszt for Steinway & Sons. He painted murals of historical and allegorical subjects for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Westtown School, the First National Bank of Boston, the Hotel Roosevelt, the Franklin Savings Bank, the National Geographic Society, the Wilmington Savings Fund Society, and other public and private buildings. During World Wars I and II he contributed patriotic images to government and private agencies. In 1941 he was elected to the National Academy and exhibited on a regular basis. In June 1945 he received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was killed at the age of 62 when the vehicle in which he and his grandson Newell Wyeth were riding in was struck by a freight train at a railway crossing near his Chadds Ford home. Significant public collections of his work are on display at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, and in Maine, at the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. In 1997 his home and studio at Chadds Ford were designated as a National Historic Landmark. He is the father of artists Andrew Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth Hurd, Carolyn Wyeth, and inventor Nathaniel C. Wyeth. His daughter, Ann Wyeth McCoy, was married to artist John McCoy. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Carolyn Brenneman Bockius Wyeth (1886 - 1973)*
 
 Children:
  Henriette Wyeth Hurd (1907 - 1997)*
  Carolyn Wyeth (1909 - 1994)*
  Nathaniel Convers Wyeth (1911 - 1990)*
  Ann Wyeth McCoy (1915 - 2005)*
  Andrew Wyeth (1917 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 16, 2003
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N.C. Wyeth
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