Forbes: How Commissioned Murals N.C. Wyeth Left Unfinished Due to His Death Were Completed

The Coming of the Mayflower in 1620
Image via Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts.
"The Coming of the Mayflower in 1620."

When he died at 62 in 1945 after an oncoming train hit his car at a Chadds Ford railroad crossing, N.C. Wyeth had not completed all of the 19 murals commissioned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for its New York Headquarters at One Madison Avenue, writes Natasha Gural for Forbes

But the artist, whose stunning painting The Coming of the Mayflower in 1620 offers a glimpse into the nation’s history, did manage to complete 14 murals before his untimely death. 

The remaining five murals were completed using his sketches by his son, Andrew, and son-in-law, John McCoy, both of whom were his students. 

The completed works were displayed in the employee lounge and escalator landings of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s headquarters. 

Read more about N.C. Wyeth in Forbes


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