Parenting Tales

Treasure Island

Our family decided to take a little field trip today to an art museum. Reading this, you may think we are very cultured (we’re not, by the way). However, an opportunity came up for my husband and older boys to see the original paintings used for the illustrations in a book they’ve all read–Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. While I am a big reader too, I have not read this particular book, but the artsy side of me did kind of want to see these paintings. The series of illustrative paintings was done by N.C. Wyeth, an artist from our region. There were 17 paintings made in the series, all about as tall or taller than myself. They were being displayed temporarily at the Brandywine River Museum in PA, where lots of other Wyeth paintings are as well. Also in the collection were some of N.C. Wyeth’s other works commissioned for book illustrations. We had a great time, though once past the “pirate paintings,” my little guys were ready to be done. Here’s some pics of what we saw:

To show you how uncultured I am, I took these pics while in the museum gallery itself. A couple people looked at me funny, so I whispered to my husband, “Is it okay for me to take pictures in here?” “Oh yeah, you’re fine,” he assured me. Don’t you know, as soon as we left that room, I looked back at the doorway and saw a big NO Photos sign. Whoops! I tucked the camera away after that.

I hope you all had a great weekend as well.


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