One of America’s most cherished illustrators; N.C. Wyeth was born in Needham, Massachusetts, in 1882. In 1902, he came to Wilmington, Delaware, to study with the well-known illustrator Howard Pyle, and continued under his tutelage until 1911. Wyeth quickly established an independent reputation for his magnificent paintings, murals, and illustrations.
He produced more than 3,000 illustrations for hundreds of articles, posters, and over 100 books. His best-known book illustrations include those for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Black Arrow, all by Robert Lewis Stevenson; Deerslayer and Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper; and Robin Hood and Robinson Crusoe by D. Defoe. His murals adorn the walls of the Missouri State Capitol, Reading Museum of Fine Arts, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Wyeth was a member of the Society of Illustrators, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Salmagundi Club, and the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, American Federation of Arts, National Academy of Design, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Chester County Art Association.
His numerous awards include the Beck Prize, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, 1910; Gold Medal, Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, 1915; Medal, Washington Society of Arts, 1931; and Prize, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1932.
Wyeth’s paintings are found in many public collections across the country, the largest collection at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Wyeth died in 1945.