by Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth

The Giant by N.C.Wyeth

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N.C. Wyeth ( WY əth) was encouraged to draw when he was a child. When he was about 20 years old he began working for a magazine, the Saturday Evening Post. They sent him to study southwest culture and for three months he lived among the Indians and herded sheep. He sketched and painted pictures to show what life was like among the Indians.

The Indian in His Solitude by N.C. Wyeth

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Indian Drawing by N.C. Wyeth

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The Indian in His Solitude 3 by N.C. Wyeth

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The Indian in His Solitude 1 by N.C. Wyeth

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He married and he and his wife raised five children. Their son Andrew became one of America's foremost artists. Andrew, who was ill when he was a child, was homeschooled and his father taught him how to be an artist. Two more of their children, Henrietta and Carolyn, and also their grandson, Jamie, (Andrew's son) became artists. Jamie, when he was 21, painted a portrait of John F. Kennedy. Jamie had also been homeschooled and trained by his father.

N.C. studied with Howard Pyle, a man who gave free art lessons to students that he thought had a lot of artistic ability. Wyeth became a book illustrator. The first book he illustrated was Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island. During his lifetime he drew and painted about 3,000 pictures and illustrated 112 books.

Illustration from Treasure Island by N.C. Wyeth

Treasure Island
"One More Step, Mr. Hands"

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Illustration from Treasure Island by N.C. Wyeth

Treasure Island
The Old Seaman

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The Passing of Robin Hood by N.C. Wyeth

The Passing of
Robin Hood

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In the 1930's he began painting a set of large murals for a life insurance company, but he and one of his grandsons were both killed in a car accident in 1945. His son Andrew and his son-in-law finished the work.

N.C. Wyeth 1920

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Wyeth Illustrations - Robinson Crusoe

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865422: Kidnapped Kidnapped
By Robert Louis Stevenson / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

David Balfour has never had an adventure. He has never spent a night camping in the Scottish Highlands. He has never sailed the high seas. He has never fought in a battle. In fact David Balfour has never even left home. All he knows is a quiet country life.

All this changes after the death of his parents. He suddenly learns that he, David Balfour, is a man of wealth and standing, and that he is not destined for a simple life after all. All he needs to do to assume this new station in life is to travel to the town of Cramond, Scotland, to collect his inheritance from his father's younger brother, an uncle he had not even known existed. But David soon discovers that this is not as simple as it sounds, as he struggles to survive and outwit his treacherous uncle in this classic adventure story.

Original oil paintings by N. C. Wyeth capture the vitality of Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of fortune, camaraderie, betrayal, and independence.

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Treasure Island: a young reader's edition
by Robert Louis Stevenson (selected pages) Order here

Kidnapped, a classic tale dramatised
by Keith West (selected pages) Order here

Westward Ho
by Charles Kingsley, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth 1920 (full view) Order here

Robinson Crusoe (Adapted for Young Readers)
by Mary Godolphin (selected pages) Order here

The Riverman
by Stewart Edward White, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth and Clarence F. Underwood 1904 (full view) Order here

The Treasure Chest of My Bookhouse (1920 Reader)
by Olive Beaupre Miller, cover illustration by N.C. Wyeth (full view) Order here

Letters of a Woman Homesteader
by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth 1914 (full view) Order here

Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Large Print Edition)
by Elinore Stewart (selected pages) Order here

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N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims
by Robert D. San Souci, N.C. Wyeth (selected pages)

N.C. Wyeth: A Biography
by David Michaelis (selected pages)

Visions of Adventure: N.C. Wyeth and the Brandywine artists
by Howard Pyle, Newell Convers Wyeth, John Edward Dell, Walt Reed (selected pages)

Treasure Island (Young Reader's Edition)
by Lisa Norby, Robert Louis Stevenson (review, no preview)

Guide to the Homes of Famous Pennsylvanians: The Wyeth Family
by Arthur P. Miller, Jr., Marjorie L. Miller (selected pages)

Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defor, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth (full view)

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The picture and information of NC Wyeth is great; what a beautiful picture, I am going to use it on a cadet night; and somehow integrate it into a story. Beautiful art.
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