John Wilton Cunningham (1868-1903) St. Louis, Paris, France "Vanity" O/B
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John Wilton Cunningham (1868 - 1903)
The following are excerpts from the artist's St. Louis obituary.Another young St. Louisan has achieved distinction in Paris - J. Wilton Cunningham.
He received "Honorable Mention" at the Salon for his painting, For My Rabbits, which represents a girl in a vegetable garden gathering herbs for her bunnies. The picture is simply a study, but Messrs. Howe, Gutherz, and his teachers advised him to send it to the Paris Salon,with the result stated. He would have been awarded a medal, but for the fact that he was only 21 years old and had been in Paris but a year,
and they thought it might have a bad effect on his future to confer such a distinction. The picture was obtained for exhibition in this country and has already been shown in New York, Philadelphia, and Paris. He made St. Louis his home, (except during the four years he studied his art in abroad).His earliest talents were in newspaper illustrating. Cunninghamwas active in the St. Louis Art Association. Many luminaries of the day sat for their portraits.
His paintings and portraiture of adorn the homes of many prominent St. Louisans. Governor Lon V. Stevens and his wife, and Governor Dockery were among his patrons. John Wilton Cunningham, unmarried, died in 1903 at 35 years of age.