N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945)The Pike County Ballads, headpiece decoration1912Ink on paper, location unknown
The Pike County Ballads, headpiece decoration
Ink on paper
design in alternative medium for illustration reproduced on p. 17 of The Pike County Ballads
Since it was unusual for the artist to do preliminary studies for paintings in pen and ink, it is possible that original publication plans included head- and tailpiece subjects rendered in pen and ink. A change in the program must have occurred by March 13, 1912, when Wyeth wrote to his mother that he had 8 large and 30 small "pictures" to do for the Pike County commission, not 8 large pictures and 30 pen and inks, which would have represented a very different outlay in time and effort (Wyeth Family Archives). See NCW 1200 for design that was reproduced.
The Brandywine River Museum holds an unmarked copy of "Poems by John Hay," which includes "The Pike County Ballads," published by Houghton Mifflin (1899) and found in the artist's studio (NCWS.95.723).