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Kenyon Cox

Kenyon Cox
Artist
William A. Coffin, born Allegheny, PA 1855-died New York City 1925
Sitter
Kenyon Cox
Type
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Allyn Cox
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1983.31.3
Luce Center Label
American artist Kenyon Cox (1856-1919) was a portrait painter, illustrator, and writer, best known for the murals he created for public buildings such as the Library of Congress. He was also close friends with William Coffin, and in the summer of 1885, Cox stayed at the artist’s family farm in western Pennsylvania. Coffin made this portrait of his guest smoking a pipe in the carpentry shop. A painter’s palette behind Cox’s head symbolizes their professional kinship. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)
Luce Object Quote
“[Cox] maintains that [Art’s] ultimate supremacy is inevitable . . . the day when it shall be acknowledged as second to none is his only thought.” William Coffin, 1891, quoted in Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor