Sketch for the Mural at Oberlin College, "The Spirit of Self-Sacrificing Love"

  • Kenyon Cox, Sketch for the Mural at Oberlin College, "The Spirit of Self-Sacrificing Love", ca. 1914, oil, pencil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing, 1983.114.15

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In late 1913, Oberlin College commissioned Kenyon Cox to decorate the new administration building on the campus with a mural in memory of his father, Jacob Dolson Cox. The elder Cox had been governor of Ohio and secretary of the Interior under President Grant, and Cox designed a decorative tablet listing his father’s accomplishments for a small vestibule. After he completed the project, the administrators wanted Cox to come up with another design to complement it.

Title
Sketch for the Mural at Oberlin College, "The Spirit of Self-Sacrificing Love"
Artists
Date
ca. 1914
On View
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 15 1/4 in. (30.2 x 38.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – art object – painting
  • Study
  • Figure female – full length
  • Fantasy – winged being
  • Allegory – passion – love
Object Number
1983.114.15
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