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Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth – Illustrations for Robin Hood 1917

Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), 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 more than 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 one of his masterpieces and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter at a time 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.”

Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English Folklore, a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Although such behaviour was was not part of his original character, since the beginning of the 19th century he has been known for robbing the rich and giving to the poor, assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest.

Presenting The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Creswick. Illustrated by one of the most celebrated American illustrator N.C. Wyeth. First  edition, published by David McKay, 1917.

Art Gallery: N.C. Wyeth – Illustrations for Robin Hood 1917

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