Victoria Wyeth a hit at The Hickman

Victoria Browning Wyeth, the art dynasty’s premier ambassador, recently visited The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester, where she spoke to a packed house of residents and guests about her family’s rich legacy.

Victoria Wyeth enjoys interacting with residents at The Hickman

Victoria Wyeth (left) enjoys interacting with residents at The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester. Photo courtesy of The Hickman Friends Senior Community

Two Wyeth paintings are on display at The Hickman: Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Cushing Window,” a gift from Andrew and Betsy Wyeth to the residence in 1960, and N.C. Wyeth’s painting “On the Good Ship Rose,” a gift from N.C. and Carolyn Wyeth in 1963, according to a Hickman press release.

Andrew Wyeth’s maternal aunt, Esther Bockius, lived at The Hickman from 1937 through the early 1950s, the release said.

Victoria Wyeth said she was eager to speak at the 124-year-old facility. “I was so taken by the idea that my grandparents and great grandmother had donated my family's work to The Hickman,” she said in the release. “I also was quite moved to know that my relatives had lived there at one point.”

 Wyeth noted that she enjoyed meeting all the residents. “Their spirit & spunk was so fantastic,” she said.

Her advice to those who want to preserve their own family’s legacy? “I would tell them to write everything down - every thought, every memory, and every emotion.”

Wyeth, who has given numerous presentations in the area and formerly worked as a docent at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, will be giving a benefit lecture on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Westtown School, to benefit the Chadds Ford Historical Society. To learn more about the event, which will feature a slide of an early never-before-seen painting by Andrew Wyeth, click here.

For more information about Victoria Wyeth and the Wyeth art legacy, visit www.victoriawyeth.com. For more information about The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester, which has been serving senior citizens since 1891, visit www.thehickman.org.

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