Photographs are of Cox from childhood to the 1980s; his family including parents, siblings, and grandparents; friends including Philip Trammell Shutze and Warner Bishop; family residences; artist models; events; and artwork, including many of Cox's commissions.
Series includes vintage photographic media including: 2 tintypes of Cox and his siblings at Grant's tomb; 2 tintypes of Leonard Cox; an ambrotype of Anna Stott King, Louise Cox's mother; photos, including a cyanotype and a tintype of Louise Cox; a cyanotype, of Cox's grandmother Helen Finney Cox; photos of Cox's grandfathers, General Jacob Dolson Cox, and Reverend Charles G. Finney; and a circa 1910 platinum print, probably of Ethel Cox, by the Misses Selby.
Vintage photos of Kenyon Cox include 3 tintypes; 2 carte de visites in the studio of George Becker; a silver gelatin print by Pirie Macdonald, circa 1905; a period reproduction of a portrait, circa 1885; and a photo of an engraved portrait, circa 1895. Additional photos of Louise and Kenyon Cox include a series of circa 1906 photographs taken in a garden with their children and other unidentified people.
Photos of Allyn Cox and family include portraits and photos of Cox with Ethel Cox. Photographs of Cox working include two 1920 photo postcards of him at work on an unidentified mural in Rome, and photos of him working in the United States Capitol. Also found are photos by John Barrington Bayley taken inside an unidentified church; and various black and white and color snapshots. Several photos of Cox with members of Congress include one with President Gerald Ford.
Photos of houses and residences include snapshots of Villa La Cappilla and Villa Malatesta labeled as "mother's house in Honolulu," a group labeled "Essex, Massachusetts," and another group labeled "Essex and N.Y. houses." Also found are photos of other residences in Italy, and several postcards of the Cox residence in Cornish, New Hampshire.
Many of Cox's commissions are documented in photographs of artwork, including Dumbarton Oaks, interiors of many private residences, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association Temple, the interior of the Lido Venice restaurant in New York shown in a series of 1926 photographs by Kenneth Clark, the United States Capitol, the William A. Clarke Memorial Library, and several photos which originally formed part of a dismantled scrapbook. Scattered photos of Cox at work can also be found with these photos. Formats include photographic prints, slides, and negatives. 10 glass plate negatives of artwork by Cox are housed separately and are closed to researchers.
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Allyn Cox papers, 1856-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.