Ann Wyeth McCoy

Ann Wyeth McCoy (Amrican 1915-2005)

Ann Wyeth McCoy was born on March 15, 1915, in Chadds Ford, PA, to Newell Convers (N. C.) and Carolyn Brenneman Bockius Wyeth. Her father, an accomplished illustrator and artist, had moved to the area in 1902 to study with illustrator Howard Pyle. In 1911, with proceeds from his illustrations from "Treasure Island", N. C. Wyeth built his studio and home in Chadds Ford where all of his five children were born and raised.

Mrs. McCoys older brother Nathaniel was an engineer for Dupont Company; her sisters, Henriette (Mrs. Peter Hurd) and Carolyn, were painters; and her younger brother, Andrew, is also a painter.

Although her father gave her painting lessons as a child, her main interest was in music. She studied piano with William Hatton Greene and composition with Harl McDonald.

In 1934, when Mrs. McCoy was only 19 years old, one of her compositions was played by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Leopold Stokowski conducting. Other compositions have been performed by the Kennett Symphony, the Germantown Symphony, the Main Line Symphony, by organists at Longwood Gardens, and in local churches. Many of her works have been written in honor of or in memory of relatives and friends.

In 1935, she married John W. McCoy II, a former student of N. C. Wyeth, who taught watercolor painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts in Philadelphia. Together, they had three children, Ann Brelsford McCoy (also of Chadds Ford); John Denys McCoy, of Ruidoso, New Mexico; and Maude Robin McCoy Bent of Canaan, New Hampshire.

For many years, Mrs. McCoy has collected antique dolls. Her extensive collection has been exhibited often at the Brandywine River Museum. The large dolls are dressed in original clothing and in costumes designed and made by Mrs. McCoy from antique fabrics.

In recent years, Mrs. McCoy has returned to painting, primarily landscapes in watercolor. One of her early paintings is in the collection of the Hotel du Pont, and her work has been exhibited in numerous local galleries including the Chadds Ford Gallery and the Somerville-Manning Gallery.


Afternoon Sun×

18 x 24 inch
45.7 x 61 cm