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The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Comes - Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth

Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945), otherwise known as N.C. Wyeth, is one of America’s most famous creative sons. He painted more than 3,000 pictures and illustrated 112 books. A realist painter, Wyeth’s work was ideal for books – his melodramatic images instantly conveyed a message to the reader.

Classic stories like Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, Kidnapped, The Mysterious Island and Treasure Island received the Wyeth treatment and his memorable illustrations are now part of literary history. A talented artist as a young boy, Wyeth studied under Howard Pyle, another legend of American art, and learnt the importance of historical accuracy and detail. Check out the book covers below and see how many characters have an object in their hands. Wyeth painted many Western scenes before moving into classic literature.

 

 

Drums by James Boyd, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Drums
by James Boyd

Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Westward Ho!
by Charles Kingsley

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Arundel
by Kenneth Roberts

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Rip Van Winkle
by Washington Irving

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The White Company
by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robin Hood by Paul Creswich, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Robin Hood
Paul Creswick

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Kidnapped
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jinglebob by Philip Ashton Rollins, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Jinglebob
by Philip Ashton Rollins

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Captain Blood
by Rafael Sabatini

Trending into Maine by Kenneth Roberts, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Trending Into Maine
by Kenneth Roberts

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne

Arizona Night by Stewart Edward White, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
Arizona Nights
by Stewart Edward White

The Courtship of Miles Standish by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Courtship of Miles Standish
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Scottish Chiefs
by Jane Porter

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Black Arrow
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
The Deerslayer
by James Fenimore Cooper



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