Reduced: Painter’s Folly, the Home That Inspired Andrew Wyeth

Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – West Chester

Painter’s Folly, the Delaware County home that once belonged to artist Howard Pyle, has had its price reduced. You’ll recall from our original post on the property–back when it was listed for $1.15 million–that it served as inspiration for four of Andrew Wyeth’s works, most notably his titular tempura Painter’s Folly. The home now claims a $995,000 price tag.

Here are some notes that should refresh your memory as to its details:

  • Situated on 3.6 acres (borders the Brandywine Battlefield Park)
  • Random-width hardwood floors
  • Extensive millwork and built-ins
  • Au pair suite with full bathroom
  • Single-bedroom carriage home with kitchen and gathering room (viable as a rental)

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Studio of Artist Andrew Wyeth Named National Historic Landmark


The National Park Service has expanded a local national landmark to include the longtime studio of one of the best-known artists of the mid-20th century, Andrew Wyeth. Wyeth, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 91, is known for his realist paintings. The son of famous illustrator N. C. Wyeth, Andrew spent many years studying and painting his hometown of Chadds Ford. Some of his favorite subjects included his neighbors, Anna and Karl Kuerner, and their farm. The farm was also where Wyeth met Helga Testorf, a caregiver who became the subject of many of his paintings in the 70s and 80s.

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On the Market: Painter’s Folly, Former Home of Howard Pyle

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

1421 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.

Vincent van Gogh once wrote to his brother that he was struck “dumb with admiration” by Howard Pyle’s illustrations in Harper’s Monthly. Unsurprisingly, Pyle rose to celebrity-status for his work, and illustrated numerous magazines and books, most notably the The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

He also did images for works by Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Dean Howells, and Woodrow Wilson, and was a mentor to notable painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Upon his death, the New York Times bestowed Pyle the title of “”father of American magazine illustration as it is known to-day.” More on Pyle’s legacy can be found here.

As it stands, this Chadds Ford house –called Painter’s Folly–once belonged to the artist, and even served as inspiration for works by celebrated realist painter Andrew Wyeth, son of N.C.

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Is It Andrew Wyeth or Perkiomenville?

Outside 704 Kulp Road, Perkiomenville, PA

Wyeth painting or listings photo?

Although best known for his hypnotic painting Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth was a celebrated realist painter whose regional focus spawned a number of naturalistic artwork depicting rural America. Wyeth grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, just a little over an hour away from this newly listed farmhouse in Perkiomenville. Remarkably, these listings photos of this Montgomery County property are like Wyeth paintings come to life. Read more »