N. C. Wyeth

American Illustrator and painter Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945) was one of the most prolific artists of the twentieth century. Born in Needham, Massachusetts, he attended the Mechanics Arts School and the Massachusetts Normal Art School (now the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). In 1902 Wyeth moved to Wilmington, Delaware, and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, to study with illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911). As part of the Brandywine School, Pyle and Wyeth honed a style of realistic illustration that incorporated heightened drama, adventurous incidents, and bright colors. In 1907 Wyeth married Carolyn Bockius, and settled in Chadds Ford. The couple had five children, including the artist Andrew Wyeth. N. C. Wyeth produced thousands of illustrations during his career for periodicals including Scribner's, The Saturday Evening Post, Century, Harper's Monthly, Ladies' Home Journal, McClure's, Outing, and The Popular Magazine. He also created advertisements for the brands Lucky Strike, Cream of Wheat, and Coca-Cola. Wyeth was a member of the National Academy, the Society of Illustrators, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Philadelphia Water Color Club, the Chester County Art Association, the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Wyeth died on 19 October 1945 in Chadds Ford.

Further Reading


Allen, Douglas. N. C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations, and Murals. New York: Crown Publishers, 1972.


Duff, James H. An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth. Boston: Little, Brown. 1987.


Gannon, Susan R. "The Illustrator as Interpreter: N. C. Wyeth's Illustrations for the Adventure Novels of Robert Louis Stevenson." Children's Literature. 19 (1991): 90-106.

--- "Wyeth, Newell Convers." Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. 202-03.


Jennings, Kate F. N. C. Wyeth. New York: Crescent Books, 1992.


Michaelis, David. N.C. Wyeth: A Biography. New York : Perennial, 2003.


Reed, Walt. "Wyeth, Newell Convers." The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. New York: The Society of Illustrators, 2001. 62, 79, 87, 93, 126, 127, 131, 174, 185.



Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth



Allanandtheholyflowernewstorymagazinejan1914dustjacket Allan and the Holly Flower. Allan and the Holy Flower [The Holy Flower]. New Story Magazine, vol. 7, no. 3. January 1914
Allanquatermainnewstorymagazinedustjacketfeb1914 Allan Quatermain. Allan Quatermain. New Story Magazine, vol. 7, no. 4. February 1914