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Allyn Cox

Mural in the George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Allyn Cox (June 5, 1896 - September 26, 1982) was an American artist known for his murals, including those he painted in the United States Capitol and the U. S. Department of State.


Cox was a son of Kenyon Cox and his wife, the former Louise Howland King, both of whom were artists. His siblings were Leonard and Caroline.

He studied at the National Academy of Design, Art Students League of New York, and the American Academy in Rome. In 1940, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician, and became a full Academician in 1962.

Cox apprenticed with his father, whom he worked with when working on murals for the Wisconsin State Capitol.[1] Like his father, he served as the president of the National Society of Mural Painters.

In 1953, he was hired to complete the frieze in the Capitol Rotunda, which had been originally started by Constantino Brumidi and left unfinished since the 1880s. He painted murals on many of the other walls in the building, including a depiction of the first landing on the moon in the Senate’s Brumidi Corridors of the Capitol.

Some of his work may be seen at the Alexandria, Virginia. He also painted murals in houses owned by Anne (Mrs. William K.) Vanderbilt and Lincoln Ellsworth.

He served as President of the National Society of Mural Painters from 1942 to 1946 and again from 1960 to 1963.[2]

He married, on 30 April 1927, Ethel Julia Howard Potter, a daughter of Howard Nott Potter and a great-niece of Henry Codman Potter, Episcopal Bishop of New York. His wife's uncle by marriage was society architect William Adams Delano.


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External links

  • Henry Clay by Allyn Cox
  • America's First Moon Landing, July 21, 1969, by Allyn Cox

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