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Eye Candy for Today: N.C. Wyeth illustration

The Passing of Robin Hood, N.C. Wyeth
The Passing of Robin Hood, N.C. Wyeth

On Wikimedia Commons. If I’m reading the Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné correctly, the original is in the New York Public Library.

The illustration is from The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Cheswick and N.C. Wyeth. The full edition can be found used; but you can also get the Young Readers version from the Brandywine River Museum Shop, with the illustrations printed larger than in the original.

The entire book is available on Project Gutenberg, albeit with relatively small illustrations. Look for the illustrations on The Golden Age Site.

Wyeth’s masterful control of light is what gives this moment its power.


3 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: N.C. Wyeth illustration”

  1. Leaning heavily against Little John’s sobbing breast, Robin Hood flew his last arrow out through the window, far away into the deep green of trees.

    When Jamie Wyeth was a kid in Chadds Ford, Pa., he would read “Robin Hood” and then walk to his late grandfather’s studio and see the book come to life. Inside were N.C. Wyeth’s paintings for his famous illustrations for that book and others. A third- generation artist (his dad is Andrew Wyeth), Jamie’s work is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through Dec. 28., the first retrospective of the younger Wyeth’s paintings

    Thank you for posting today’s eye candy.

  2. “Wyeth’s masterful control of light is what gives this moment its power.”

    I’m gonna dispute you on this, and say it’s the body language. There’s so much storytelling going on in everyone’s pose there.

    1. Good counterpoint, Bram. Thanks.