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Louise Cox Portrait

Louise Cox Portrait

Louise Cox

Also Known as: Louise Howland Cox, Louise King, Louise Howland King Cox, Mrs.Louise Cox

San Francisco, California 1865

Windham, Connecticut 1945

Active in:

  • New York, New York
  • Mount Kisco, New York
  • Honolulu, Hawaii

Photo Caption:
Kenyon Cox, Louise Howland King (Mrs. Kenyon Cox), 1892, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum,Bequest of Allyn Cox 1983.31.2.

Photo Caption:
Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. LC-B2- 1063-11P&P

Luce Artist Quote

“Although I was born in 1865 in San Francisco, it was not until sixteen years later that I started to live, for in 1881 I entered the National Academy of Design.” Louise Cox, 1945 memoirs, published in Archives of American Art Journal, 1987


Born in San Francisco, lived in New York City. Painter who specialized in children's portraits, won several prizes.

Charles Sullivan, ed American Beauties: Women in Art and Literature (New York: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with National Museum of American Art, 1993)

Additional Biographies

Luce Artist Biography

Louise Cox moved to New York City from San Francisco in 1881 to study at the National Academy of Design. Two years later she entered the Art Students League as one of the youngest in her class. Her teachers included the painters Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Kenyon Cox, who became her husband in 1892 and with whom she had three children. Louise Cox designed stained glass but made her reputation from portraits of children, which won her several medals.