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 Ann Wyeth McCoy  (1915 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: interiors, mural, still life

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Ann Wyeth McCoy
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Creating many paintings that are interiors with views to the outside through windows of her homes in Pennsylvania and Maine where she and her family have spent their summers, Ann McCoy was introduced to painting by her father, N.C. Wyeth. She also showed music talent and studied with Harl MacDonald. At age 19, she was honored with the performance of her musical composition, "Christmas Fantasy," by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

After this early success in music, her artist husband John McCoy, also a student of N.C. Wyeth, encouraged her to resume painting, and her career has been rewarding with representation in numerous museums and private collections. The first purchasers were Hodding Carter, newspaper publisher, and the actor, Vincent Price. She had her first exhibit in the late 1960s at the Brandywine River Museum at Chadd's Ford, Pennsylvania, and sold 28 paintings on the opening night.

At first her time was limited because she was raising children, and beyond her father early instruction, she had no formal training. Her brother, Andrew Wyeth, encouraged her to just paint by watching artists who were masters of watercolor, the medium she favored.

McCoy, born in 1915, has had a long life and spends her days actively by dividing her time between painting and music. She says: "If I am waiting for paint to dry, I can play the piano or write music."

Source: M. Stephen Doherty, "American Artist," 3/2002

Biography from Brandywine River Museum:
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. McCoy's older brother Nathaniel was an engineer for the 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 wtih 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 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.

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