N. C. Wyeth illustration from “The Black Arrow” (1916): beautifully framed antique


"Lawless, keeping half a step in front"
   For The Black Arrow – A Tale of the Two Roses
   by Robert Louis Stevenson.
   Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth
New York. Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1916.


    Image Size: H 9.375” x W 6.875”
    Matted & Framed:  H 16.375” x W 13.875”
    Framed Price: $245.00
    Whiteglove packaging and shipping approximately $30.00

During his long career, NCW produced thousands of illustrations for hundreds of clients. He is best known today, however, for the pictures he created for the first half-dozen of his twenty-five Scribner’s Illustrated Classics. The first was, of course, Treasure Island, whose illustrations NCW created in 1911. He followed this in 1913 with Kidnapped. He produced his illustrations for The Black Arrow in 1916. This same year he produced his illustrations for The Boy’s King Arthur. He produced his illustrations for The Mysterious Island in 1918. The last of the great classical adventures was James Fennimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans, which NCW illustrated in 1919.

Besides the illustrations NCW did for Scribner, he created illustrations for eighty-seven other books. All, or most, of these images were also brilliant, none were more so than the scenes he created for Robin Hood (published by David McKay in 1917), Robinson Crusoe (published by Cosmopolitan Books in 1920), and Rip Van Winkle (published by David McKay in 1921).

When NCW painted his illustrations for The Black Arrow, he had finished upgrading his pallet. Adding power colors like Ultramarine Blue and Rose Madder allowed him to create mesmerizing purples. Alizarin Crimson was a stain that produced purple hues. By 1913, he had gone Purple! NCW's purple magic electrifies the scenes he created for his second Scribner’s Classic. Nowhere is it more conspicuous that in "Lawless, keeping half a step in front." NCW makes  his dark, deadly pursuit enchanting by putting him in mysteriously deep purple forest.

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