N. C. Wyeth – Illustrator and early social media sales rep

By October 21, 2008 No Comments

I may be stretching a point when I characterize N. C. Wyeth as an early social media sales rep, but hear me out.

Over the weekend, for probably my 3rd time I visited, no, experienced, the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA, near my home.  I urge everyone, just shy of those of you who equate such outings with personal torture, to visit this museum. It is primarily the home of the art of three generations of Wyeth artists – N. C., Andrew and Jamie. All are excellent. You can view and enjoy almost every item in this three story, former grist mill, in about two hours. Very do-able. But I digress.

N. C. Wyeth (see his wikipedia entry for further detail) is one of the best known illustrators in America. Wyeth illustrated editions of such classics as Treasure Island (1911), Kidnapped (1913), Robin Hood (1917), The Last of the Mohicans (1919), Robinson Crusoe (1920), Rip Van Winkle (1921), The White Company (1922), and The Yearling (1939). He did work for prominent periodicals including Century, Harper’s Monthly, Ladies’ Home Journal, McClure’s, Outing, The Popular Magazine, and Scribner’s.

This is the title page from The Boy’s King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Edited for Boys by Sidney Lanier (New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1922).

Given that print was the social media of the early twentieth century and that illustration was the enticement to purchase and read magazines and books, maybe it isn’t such a stretch to see N. C. as an early social media sales rep, or at least, a social media partner? Just a thought.

Go close some business,

Ed

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