In 1911, N.C. Wyeth was approached by Charles Scribners's Sons publishing company to illustrate the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island. For this commission he was paid, $2,500. He completed 17 canvases including the cover and end papers. N.C. loved the work, and painted nine hours a day, relishing in his enthusiasm for the story and Stevenson's words which were written with a "painter's eye." Stevenson was a talented painter himself. Treasure Island was meant to be seen.
"Blind Pew," a minor character in the story, is an evil pirate, but my favorite illustration in the book. The composition, the menace depicted is perfect.