Wyeth, N. C.

Wyeth, N. C.

Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers Wyeth), 1882–1945, American painter and illustrator, b. Needham, Mass., studied with Howard Pyle. Among his many well-known murals are those in the Missouri state capitol and the altar panels for the National Episcopal Cathedral, Washington, D.C. He also illustrated numerous adventure stories, histories, and classics for children. He taught his son, the painter Andrew Wyeth.


See his letters, ed. by B. J. Wyeth (1971); D. Allen and D. Allen, Jr., N. C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals (1973); J. H. Duff, An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art (1987); biography by D. Michaelis (1998).

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Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers)

(1883–1945) illustrator, painter; born in Needham, Mass. (father of Andrew Wyeth). He studied at the Mechanic Arts School, Boston (1899), briefly at the Normal Arts School, Boston, and at the Howard Pyle School of Art, Wilmington, Del. (1902–11). Using oils, he painted thousands of illustrations for periodicals, posters, and books, such as Treasure Island and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Deerslayer and Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Devoted to a life in the country, he spent winters in Chadds Ford, Pa., and summered in Port Clyde, Maine. He and his young grandson died in a railroad accident near his home in Chadds Ford.
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