Astounding N.C. Wyeth illustrations from old children's storybook

I love these dreamlike N.C. Wyeth illustrations from The Anthology of Children's Literature (1940). Golden Age Comic Book Stories has a bunch more in high-res.

Amazon has a few used copies available.


  1. Just ram it with your boat. Nothing will happen except a stinkcloud for a few minutes while it reforms. Use that time to get away. And don’t tell anyone where you were–stay away from sailors.

  2. Say, I’ll take a moment to say in here, for any BB readers that are in or near southeastern Pennsylvania, where Wyeth lived and worked: if you like these images, you would love a trip to the Brandywine River Museum, where many of Wyeth’s paintings are on display, large as live and twice as piratical:

    Wyeth liked to work from models and props, and so there’s racks and racks of Actual Swords and Actual Guns. Don’t miss the studio tour, too!

    1.  Took the words right out of my mouth. It’s in a nice old building that’s been added to, the surrounding countryside is beautiful, and there’s lots of stuff by Andrew Wyeth and other family members, as well as early 1900’s illustrators like Maxfield Parrish, etc.

  3. I have one volume of “The Family Treasury of Childrens Stories” from Doubleday (1956).

    It has excerpts from 20,000 leagues, Dickens, Twain, Swift, Homer and Defoe.

    It has pieces from Jefferson, Washington, Longfellow, Wordsworth, Shakespeare,  Sandburg, Teasdale, Rachel Carson, Jack London, Thor Heyderahl and on and on.

    I’d like to see this whole set reissued, because it probably has more good stuff than some people learn in 4 years of college.

  4. The second illustration looks a lot like this Wyeth, done as a tribute to an artist friend of his that died young.

    1. Oops thought I was putting in an image of “The Giant”, but I guess not…fie on these new-fangled thinking machines.

    1. It is, definitely. Not only does one of the small ones have a hammer, but the giant has only one glove – this is from a story in the prose Edda, where the giant Utgartha-Loki played a number of pranks on Thor. Thor and his companions slept in the glove, thinking it was a cave.

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