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Kenyon Cox

Artist
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1 Mar 1848 - 3 Aug 1907
Sitter
Kenyon Cox, 27 Oct 1856 - 17 Mar 1919
Date
1889
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze relief
Dimensions
Other: 26 x 21.2cm (10 1/4 x 8 3/8")
Frame: 54 x 40 x 5.1cm (21 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; bequest of Allyn Cox
Object number
NPG.83.120
Exhibition Label
A conservative painter trained in the academic style, Kenyon Cox was best known for the murals he created for such institutions as the Library of Congress and Bowdoin College. For some twenty-five years he was also one of the nation's leading art critics. In that capacity he argued against much of the innovative modernism found in early twentieth-century art. Cox liked the work of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and published an article about its merits in 1887, the same year he painted a portrait of Saint-Gaudens. Two years later, Saint-Gaudens returned the compliment by executing this bas-relief of Cox.
Provenance
Sitter’s son, Allyn Cox [1896-1982]; bequeathed to NPG 1983
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 133