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1910 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 28 5/8 x 35 3/8 in. (72.6 x 89.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1910.9.6 Not currently on view


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This is Kenyon Cox's copy of a small figural group from his mural for the Essex County Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. Cox replicated a group symbolizing the prosperity that comes from justice. The child picking flowers represents Poetry and Art. After he completed the copy, he wrote to his patron, "It is not an exact replica of the original . . . I went back to the original studies and used them with a certain freedom, and I think the result, in many ways, finer than the first group."

Keywords

Allegory - quality - wealth

Figure group - female and child - nude

Landscape

Object - fruit

Occupation - domestic - gathering

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas