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Louise Howland King (Mrs. Kenyon Cox)

1892 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 38 3/4 x 18 in. (98.3 x 45.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Allyn Cox 1983.31.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A


Luce Center Quote

“Long before I felt the thrill of love, I knew that she would make the best wife in the world for me if I should love her . . . When love came to add to the friendship and confidence, I felt safe and so we mean to marry as soon as we can.” Kenyon Cox, letter to his mother, reprinted in Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994

Luce Center Label

Kenyon Cox gave this portrait as a wedding gift to his young bride and former student, Louise Howland King. His mother saw it before she met Louise, and later reported that she was relieved and surprised at how pretty her new daughter-in-law was. Cox responded to this backhanded compliment by telling his mother that most people thought the painting well done and very much like Louise. (Morgan, Kenyon Cox, 1856-1919: A Life in American Art, 1994)

Keywords

Dress - accessory - fan

Occupation - art - painter

Portrait female - Cox, Kenyon, Mrs. - full length

Portrait female - King, Louise Howland

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Kenyon Cox

Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919

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