N.C. Wyeth, Illustrator

N. C. Wyeth was one of the pre-eminent book illustrators and artists of the early 20th century. He was the father of Andrew (plus 4 other children) and the grandfather of Jamie. His ancestors came to America in 1645.

He was responsible for such classics as TREASURE ISLAND, KIDNAPPED, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE BOY’S KING ARTHUR, ROBIN HOOD, ROBINSON CRUSOE, THE YEARLING, and other gorgeous texts, mostly for boys, between 1911 and 1939. His work was also found in magazines of the period, as well as posters, calendars, and murals.

I own THE BOY’S KING ARTHUR. I came into contact with Wyeth’s work in THE SCOTTISH CHIEFS in our local library when I was a kid.

Wyeth studied with Howard Pyle, but his illustrations are full of light, action, and excitment. Most of the boys from this era–including my father–were first introduced to the worlds of these books through Wyeth’s illustrations.


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