DescriptionANDREW NEWELL WYETH (American, 1917-2009)
Below Decks on the Renown: Sketch on the Flyleaf of C.S. Forester's book, Lieutenant Hornblower
Ink on paper
7.75 x 10.5 in.
Inscribed on page 4
William Sherwood Cook, Port Clyde, Maine, gift from the above;
By descent to the present owner.
William Cook and Andrew Wyeth spent summers together as young boys in Port Clyde and remained friends all their lives. When they were in their teens, they learned that a new family had purchased a farm up the river. The boys rowed up and invited the James family's daughters to the Grange dance. William Cook subsequently married one daughter, Gwen, and the Andrew Wyeth married Gwen's sister, Betsy. A third James sister, Louise, married Dudley Rockwell.
William Cook was the subject of several paintings and sketches by the artist including 'Captain Cook', presently in the collection of the Greenville Country Museum of Art, Greenville, North Carolina. Wyeth drew this image of a pirate loading a cannon on the flyleaf of a book by C.S. Forester, Lieutenant Hornblower, published in 1952 by Little Brown & Company, Boston. The book was probably gifted either that same year or shortly thereafter.
An original copy of the book with the drawing accompanies this lot. This sketch will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
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