Plaster, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
(26.67 x 21.59 cm.), collection of SGNHS

Kenyon Cox, 1889

Kenyon Cox (1856-1919) was a prominent American painter, lecturer, and art critic. Born in Warren, Ohio, he studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts and in Paris, where he met Saint-Gaudens. Cox returned to the United States in 1882, and married his student Louise Howland King. Together they were responsible for the murals that decorated the Liberal Arts Building at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  Cox contributed articles and essays on art subjects to The Nation, Scribner's, and other magazines.  He was a member of the society of American Artists, the National Academy of Design, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Coxes were neighbors of the Saint-Gaudens family during summers in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Cox painted his first portrait of Saint-Gaudens in 1887, which burned in Saint-Gaudens’ studio fire in 1904. Cox painted a replica after the sculptor’s death in August 1907; the portrait hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.