N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945)"For a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well--"1920Oil on canvas, 40 3/4 x 30 1/4 in. (103.5 x 76.8 cm) Private collection
"For a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well--"
Robinson Crusoe Sails around his Island
Oil on canvas
lower left: N. C. WYETH (underlined)
The artist to 1923; The Wilmington Institute Library, Wilmington, Delaware, 1923-2009; (Christie's, New York, NY, Dec. 2, 2009, lot no. 128);
Wilmington, DE, 1921, no. 64, as "Robinson Crusoe Sails around his Island"; poss. Boston, MA, Boston Public Library, April 1923; Chadds Ford, PA, 1976(1); Chadds Ford, PA, 1978; Wilmington, DE, 1981; Chadds Ford, PA, 1985
Frontispiece illustration in color, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corp., 1920)
Sir Evelyn Wrench, "The British Way," National Geographic Magazine, vol. XCV, no. 4 (April 1949), illus. p. 481; Douglas Allen and Douglas Allen, Jr., N. C. Wyeth, The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals (New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1972), p. 203; Bruce Selcraig, "The Real Robinson Crusoe" Smithsonian, vol. 36, no. 4 (July 2005), color illustration (cropped) p. 82Christine B. Podmaniczky, N. C. Wyeth, A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings (London: Scala, 2008), I.812, p. 403
A private collector holds a mock-up of the book, designed for salesmen to show prospective buyers prior to publication. Only the frontispiece, the title page picture, the cover illustration, and the endsheets were included in the mock-up, along with a page of text and advertising material. The Wilmington Institute Library holds letters to and from the artist regarding the purchase of the Robinson Crusoe paintings. In October, 1921, the Library trustees offered the artist $2,000 for 12 paintings, which were paid for when the paintings were installed in the Children's Room of the new building at 10th and Market Streets in early May 1923 (see letters between NCW and Arthur L. Bailey, Oct. 26, 1921 through May 9, 1923, collection of Wilmington Institute Library).