Friday, August 14, 2015

Gardens - Walter I. Cox 1868–1930



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Hodges Garden, East Hampton, Long Island, New York

Walter Ignatuis Cox was born in Broxwood Court, Hereford, England. By the age of 13, he was studying at St Gregory's College in Somerset, England. After studying in Paris with Laurens, Lefebvre, & Benjamin-Constant, he returned to England to marry in 1897.  Cox & his wife Lavenia Carson Millett sailed to the United States in 1902, where they were naturalized in Pennsylvania.  They traveled to Victoria, British Columbia and then sailed to San Francisco in 1905. Although he lost many paintings in the 1906 earthquake, they remained active in San Francisco, until at least 1914. By 1920, Cox & his wife were living in Manhattan, frequently making sketching trips to the continent, England, & Scotland. Although he was known as a portrait painter of notables like Presidents Warren Harding & William Taft, I am particularly interested in his garden paintings, which are often images of typically American gardens.  Cox died in Alexandria, Virginia in 1930.


Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Lady under a Tree



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) The Front Porch



Walter I. Cox (American artist, 1868–1930) In the Shade



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Wine for Two



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) The Back Porch



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Outdoor Dining



Walter I. Cox (English-born American artist, 1868–1930) Porch Overlooking a Garden


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