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N. C. Wyeth


(1882 - 1945)

N. C. Wyeth

Newell Convers Wyeth, known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. He was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America’s greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner’s, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best known. The first of these, Treasure Island, was his masterpiece and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter just when the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, “Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other.”


Treasure Island (1911)

When Jim Hawkins retrieves Flint’s map from the sea chest of the dead Billy Bones, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey catch the treasure fever and outfit a ship to search for it. Read online at

Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrator(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
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Tunes and Harmonies (1936)

A songbook for the elementary grades, this volume is illustrated by both N. C. Wyeth and Robert Lawson.

Author(s): None
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson
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The White Company (1922)

Alleyne Edricson joins The White Company of English mercenaries and serves as squire to Sir Nigel Loring during their campaigns in France and Spain under the Black Prince. Read online at

Author(s): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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