Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    NEWELL CONVERS WYETH (American, 1882-1945)
    "He Talked with His Eyes", The Saturday Evening Post story illustration, August 8, 1908
    Oil on canvas
    31 x 21 in.
    Signed lower center

    This painting was originally painted and used for a story illustration in The Saturday Evening Post, and accompanied by the caption, "He Talked with His Eyes--a Single Sharp Shifting of the Eyeballs and a Flash of Light from Them."

    Christie's, Rockefeller Center, New York, Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, March 7, 2008, lot 160.

    The Saturday Evening Post, August 8, 1908, p. 29, illustrated;
    D. Allen and D. Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 273.

    This painting is #I-247 in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné and is included in the catalogue raisonné database that is being compiled by the Brandywine River Museum and Conservancy, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The image is painted over another Wyeth painting, Often the Road Was Hot and Dusty, 1905, from the story, "Back to Indiana", Harper's magazine, October 1905, listed in the catalogue raisonné as #I-54.

    Condition Report*: Presents very well overall. Wax lined canvas; scattered light craquelure visible throughout, most notable on the upper half of painting (paint layer is stable); light surface dirt. UV examination reveals scattered minor inpainting on the extreme edges; scattered minor areas of inpainting above artist's signature, most notable, a 1x1-inch area on the bottom center edge; scattered minor points of inpaint on the bench and both window edges; a 2x2-inch area of inpaint on the upper right edge. Framed to an overall size of 37 x 27.5 inches.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,956

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $50,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $50,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 November 20 Ethnographic Art American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    From the preview party to the last lot to go under the hammer, everything was done in a remarkably professional manner.
    Richard de Thuin,
    Waldoboro, ME
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search