National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; bequest of Allyn Cox
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.
Sitter’s son, Allyn Cox [1896-1982]; bequeathed to NPG 1983