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
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
National Academy of Design
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. Like his father, he served
as the president of the National Society of Mural Painters.
Mural in the George Washington Masonic National Memorial
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 George Washington Masonic National
Memorial in 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.
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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America's First Moon Landing, July 21, 1969, by Allyn Cox
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