Jacob Cox

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For the General in the Union Army during the American Civil War, see Jacob Dolson Cox.

Jacob Cox (November 9, 1810 – January 2, 1892) was a landscape and portrait painter in Indianapolis, Indiana, US. Several of his paintings are in the Morris-Butler House. He is also known for his paintings of Indiana Governors James B. Ray, Noah Noble, David Wallace, Samuel Bigger, Joseph A. Wright, and Henry S. Lane.

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Cox was born in Philadelphia and arrived in Indianapolis in 1833 and established a stove, tinware and coppersmith business. One of his first artistic opportunities came when he painted a banner for the presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison in 1840. After that, he bagan to paint portraits and in 1842 went to Cincinnati to open a studio with John Dunn, a former treasurer of the State of Indiana. After five months, he returned to his business in Indianapolis and continued painting as a sideline, exhibiting annually at the shows of the Cincinnati Art Union. By 1860, he was devoted to art full-time and became well known in Indianapolis for his portraits and landscapes.

Cox was also a teacher with numerous students including William Merritt Chase.

Public collections[edit]

Paintings by Cox can be found in a number of public collections including:

References[edit]

  • Burnet, Mary Q. Art and Artists of Indiana. New York; The Century Co., 1921.

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