"Stand away from that girl!" repeated de Spain harshly, backing the words with a step forward
Dimensions: 34 × 25 in. (86.4 × 63.5 cm)
frame: 39 1/4 × 30 1/4 in. (99.7 × 76.8 cm)
Illustration Citation: Nan of Music Mountain, by Frank H. Spearman (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916)
Credit Line: Gift of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, 2017
About: N. C. Wyeth illustrated a scene from this novel about the waning days of the frontier West. Here, a woman resisting the advances of a man who insists that she marry him, is rescued by her cousin. The threatening figure of Henry de Spain with his warning gesture set against the sky and parallel to towering pine trees makes the other figures seem small and earthbound by comparison.
Spearman's book was made into a movie in 1917, when censors insisted on changes to this scene, as the episode seemed to suggest rape.
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