Another Glimpse of Andrew Wyeth’s Toy Soldier Collection

Rereading a short article about American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) on A Short History Blog, I was interested to catch glimpses of Wyeth’s Toy Soldiers in the background on shelves etc, in his preserved studio.

Elsewhere in the background of photographs you can glimpse of field guns, a parade band, a bandstand filled with figures …

http://ashorthistoryblog.com/andys-world-the-life-of-andrew-wyeth/

And a brief description and photo in http://torodedesign.com/wyeth.html

which  mentions

Wyeth was always fascinated by military history. As a child, his collection of toy soldiers fired his imagination, inspiring many of his first drawings. His boyhood sketches of knights and soldiers can be seen at the Christian Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford.
Wyeth’s soldiers still marched in procession along the bookshelves and windowsills in the main room of the studio. “These are the same toy soldiers I played with as a boy,” he proudly told me as we stood admiring them. They were gifts from his father.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, November 2017.

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Andy Wyeth’s Toy Soldiers

A few weeks ago I received an email from Jenna at artsy.com, curious about why my Man of TIN blog post  had turned up when she was researching web link opportunities for a new exhibition about American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009).

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/hobby-learning-1-andrew-wyeth/

Jenna emailed me with news of the new exhibition:

“I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help.”

The Seattle Art Museum is scheduled to exhibit Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, which showcases Andrew Wyeth https://www.artsy.net/show/seattle-art-museum-andrew-wyeth-in-retrospect

http://wyeth.site.seattleartmuseum.org

The Artsy Andrew Wyeth page provides visitors with Wyeth’s bio, over 40 of his works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Wyeth exhibition listings. https://www.artsy.net/artist/andrew-wyeth

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.”
Andrew Wyeth

This was a good chance to go back to my previous post on Andrew Wyeth, a painter of landscape and portraits, one of my favourite American painters

Since my last Wyeth post, I have noticed much more Wyeth material online and via YouTube.

Andrew Wyeth collected American dimestore and composition figures, shown here in this Youtube video.

New Wyeth material

There is interesting new photos of Andrew or Andy Wyeth by his granddaughter Victoria Browning Wyeth, http://gcma.org/victoria-wyeth-my-andy/

https://www.vogue.com/article/andrew-wyeth-victoria-wyeth-my-andy-exhibition

and several recent print or video interviews with her including about having her portrait  painted by him.

The Brandywine School

Andrew Wyeth painted manly portraits and landscapes. His father was  a historical illustrators,  N.C. Wyeth, who worked with  Howard Pyle and other painters of the Brandywine School and style.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandywine_School

Recognise that name? Brandywine, where the Wyeth family are based, is the site of a famous Battle of Brandywine Creek in the American Revolutionary War on September 11, 1777 in Chadds Ford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Brandywine

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Airfix box art (from Plastic Soldier Review website)

Like many British boys growing up in the 1970s, I  have had a passing interest in the Revolutionary War since having Airfix issued British and American infantry toy figures in 1:72 / 1:76 (OO / HO ‘model railway’) scale with their dramatic cover art, historical illustrations pictures  that hopefully Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth would appreciate.

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Airfix box art (from Plastic Soldier Review website)

These Airfix box covers have some of the appeal of Howard Pyle’s famous Revolutionary War illustration Nation Makers.

https://www.rockwell-center.org/essays-illustration/the-nation-makers/

http://www.brandywine.org/museum/collection/collection-highlights/nation-makers

So whilst I am unlikely to make it to Seattle or Brandywine any time soon to see the Wyeth exhibitions in his Centenary year, at least online I can catch a glimpse.

There you go, mixing Andrew Wyeth with Airfix in one blogpost, something that toy soldier collector Andrew Wyeth would have appreciated.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blogpost, 12 November 2017

 

 

Remembrance, Great War and Little Wars

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An edited quote from H.G. Wells’ Little Wars (1913) in Donald Featherstone’s War Games (1962)

Armistice and Remembrance Weekend – a suitable time to reflect, in this case on the WW1 Centenary, Poppy or Armistice Day 99 years on and a 104 year old book by H.G. Wells.

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Written by H G Wells in 1913, being the final page of Little Wars.

Something to think about as we mark another 11th November 99 years on and another Remembrance Sunday.

The extended original quote also available at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3691/3691-h/3691-h.htm

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN blog,  November 11th  and 12th, 2017

 

Pound Store 42mm plastic toy soldiers

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, another batch of plastic pound store figures given the Toy Soldier paint treatment:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/pound-store-42mm-infantry-army-red-army-blue/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog 10 November 2017

More Pound Store Desert Warriors

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More on these pound store figure conversions at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/pound-store-desert-warrior-unit-completed/

Crossposted by Mark Man of TIN blog from my Pound Store Plastic Warrior blog, 6 November 2017.

Poundland Space Marines on Parade

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog  another finished conversion project of these Poundland 36mm   “Penny Dreadful” figures. More at:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

Lots more Pound Store figure projects completed this weekend!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 November 2017

Poundland Soldier Tub Artwork

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One of the Poundland Battle Squadron tubs 

Packaging and artwork from all three of my Poundland soldier tubs of joy, shown at my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog :

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/pound-store-plastic-warriors-poundland-artwork/

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN, 1 November 2017