Friday, April 8, 2016

A Wyeth Tragedy

Artist Killed by Train at Grade Crossing 
Philadelphia, Oct. 19 - Newell C. Wyeth, 62, noted American painter, was killed today when a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train smashed into his station wagon at a crossing at suburban Ring Road, Pa. Wyeth, whose home was at Chadds Ford, Pa., was accompanied by his 4-year-old grandson, Newell, who also was killed. 
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/20/1945.

 Most folks recognize the Wyeth name, and many would realize that the article above refers to the artist better known as N. C. Wyeth, father of the most easily recalled Wyeth of the entire artistic group, Andrew. Though N. C. was also quite an accomplished artist, his fame has never reached the levels of that of Andrew. What is less widely known is that N. C. Wyeth is believed to have had an affair with Caroline, the wife of his son Nathaniel and the parents of the youngster mentioned in the article.

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