CYRUS CINCINNATI CUNEO

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CYRUS CINCINNATI CUNEO R.O.I.

1879-1916

‘A Musical Soiree’

Painter of portraits, genre and war scenes. Born in San Francisco of Italian parants. He was the father of Terence Cuneo, the distinguished British artist whose career bore a startling resemblance to his own. In his teens he took up boxing and became flyweight champion of San Francisco. He later was responsible for starting the craze for boxing in the Latin Quarter of Paris. He studied art for nearly four years at the Carlo Rossi Academy in Paris, where he became Whistler’s head student. In 1903 he arrived in England and married Nell Tenison (a relative of the poet). He soon became inundated with work in magazines and book illustration. After completing some serious commissions for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Canada, he returned to London to work for the Illustrated London News. He also contributed to Strand, Wide World and Royal magazines. In 1914 he moved smoothly into painting war subjects, many were magnificent and widely used. He sadly died of food poisoning in 1916 at the age of just 37, at the peak of a brilliant career. Regrettably much of his work was destroyed during the blitz of 1940.

He exhibited at the R.A., R.H.A., G.I., R.O.I. and in Liverpool.

In gouache and watercolour, this is a particularly fine and ambitious work.

21.5 x 27in

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