Newell Convers Wyeth (N.C. Wyeth) was born October 22, 1882, in Needham, Massachusetts. He was the oldest of four brothers, who spent a lot of time hunting, fishing, and generally outdoors. From a young age, he possessed an astute sense of observation, which later aided in his realistic illustrations.
Wyeth's mother encouraged his artistic bent from an early age. By the age of 12, he was doing excellent watercolour paintings. He attended four different art schools, training under Howard Pyle at the School of Art in Delaware in 1902.
His first commissioned illustration was a bucking bronco for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1903. After that, Wyeth's career took off. He created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books. 25 of those books were for Scribner's Classics, some of his best known work.
In 1945, Wyeth and his grandson were killed in an automobile accident. He left behind a series of unfinished murals which were completed by Andrew Wyeth and John McCoy.
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