By guest author, Charlie Allen
I won't comment on all the following illustrations except to say Wyeth never let the reader down. Each is a marvel of composition, draftsmanship and drama... and each offers the readers renewed interest and a glimpse of the times and mood of the story.
The next to last image was a page loved and quoted by my friend Ken Alexander. 'He rode his way with the queen unto Joyous Gard'... Poetic, and dramatized so beautifully.
By the way, all of Wyeth's horse subjects add hugely to the drama of the event. Can't think of another illustrator who came even close in that regard.
Last, the final illustration the death scene.
Just an amazing group of illustrations... so old... and yet so new to today's viewers and readers! N.C. Wyeth was a true giant in our illustrative history.
* Tomorrow, Charlie shares some scans from NC Wyeth's "Treasure Island".
* If you are new to Today's Inspiration and never read Charlie Allen's blog, this is your chance to get to know our guest author better. Drop by there and peruse Charlie's archives for some great stories and some truly amazing artwork!