Who Was N.C. Wyeth? Learn About the 20th Century Illustrator Responsible for Over 100 Books

In an era that’s known as the Golden Age of illustration, illustrator Newell Convers Wyeth (aka N.C. Wyeth) was one of its superstars. The American painter contributed illustrations to over 100 books and painted over 4,000 images.

His realistically rendered pictures visualized classic tales like Treasure Island, The Last of the Mohicans, and Robinson Crusoe. Wyeth also created illustrations for advertising campaigns such as Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s Foods. While considered one of the most successful illustrators of his time, Wyeth also had a thriving studio practice that included murals and private commissions—though it was commercial illustrations where he found the most fame.

Wyeth was a prolific artist and illustrator whose studio and residence in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, can still be viewed today. Read to learn more about his background, notable works, and the tragedy that ended his life at the age of 62.

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