The Lost Boy
Harpers Magazine commissioned the pictures shown here to accompany a story called “The Lost Boy” in the early 1900s some time. They were painted by N. C. Wyeth. The book I have, “The Lost Boy” by Henry van Dyke, contains black-and-white reproductions of the paintings. You can see the originals if you subscribe to Harper’s Magazine.
I have hand-coloured one of the illustrations very roughly to approximate a faded version of the original painting.
The actual story is religious, and I have not reproduced it.
Front Cover, The Lost Boy
The front cover is green with gilt lettering and a gilt illustration, presumably intended to be Jerusalem.
The Boy was the Joy of the Journey
“The Boy was the joy of the journey. His keen interest in all things seen and heard was like a refreshing spring of water to the older pilgrims, who had so often traveled the same road that they had forgotten that it might be new every morning. His unwearying vigor and pure gladness as he leaped down the hillsides, or scrambled among the rocks far [...] [more...]
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