(Charles) Dean “Dan” Cornwell (1892-1960) [RA 1926-1960]
American Golden Age illustrator, muralist and painter ;
Dan Cornwell ; Dean Cornwell ; Charles D Cornwell ; Charles Dean Cornwell ; C.D. Cornwell ; C. D. Cornwell ; Chas. Dean Cornwell ; Chas. D. Cornwell ;
[Born March 5, 1892 in Louisville, KY – died December 4, 1960 in New York, NY]


SAL record control number: 65360 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;



Birth: March 5, 1892 in Louisville, KY ;
Death: December 4, 1960 in Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Pisces ;

Known for: Magazine illustration ;
Medium: Oil ;
Technique: Painting ;
Subjects: People ; genre ; magazine illustration ;

Areas: Louisville, KY (1892-1910) ; Chicago, IL (1916) ; Rye, NY (1925) ; New York, NY (1930), Falls Village, CT (Summers) ;
Region: Mid-west ; North East ;
Lived: Louisville, KY (1892-1910) ; Chicago, IL ; Rye, NY (1925) ; 222 Central Park South, New York, NY (1940-1945) ;
Father: Charles Louis Cornwell (1854-1920), civil engineer ;
Mother: Margaret “Maggie” Wickliffe (Dean) Cornwell (1866-1947) ;
Relatives: Mary Randolph Cornwell (1894-1948), sister ;
Spouse: Mildred Montrose (Kirkham) Cornwell (1893-1974), wife, married September 4, 1918 in Evanston, IL ;
Children: Kirkham Randolph Cornwell (1920-1984), son ; Patricia Cornwell (1923-?), daughter ;

Training: Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL ;
Work: Listed as a musician for profession in 1910 ; Painting of well known war commentator Ernie Pyle (1900-1945), property of Indiana University ; Mural at County Court house, Nashville, TN ;  Mural at Eastern Airlines building, New York, NY ; Mural at New England Telephone, Boston, MA ; Mural Springfield Fire Insurance Co, Springfield, MA ; Mural at Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Redlands, CA ; Mural at League of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland ; International Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland ; First job working for Chicago newspapers as a charcoal pencil artist ; By 1916 was considered a professional illustrator ; Illustrated for Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan ; Worked as an illustrator for Louisville Herald and Chicago Tribune ; Illustrated for books and literature: Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, Pearl S. Buck, and Somerset Maugham ; Created mural for 1939 World’s Fair, Bethlehem Steel, and the General Motors Building, New York, NY ; Murals for 10 Rockefeller Center, New York, NY ; Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, illustrates the history of California, took five years to complete ; Did illustrated work for: Palmolive, Coca Cola, Squibb, Seagram’s Gin, and New York Life ; Ads include:  Natchez/Lee Paddlwheel Race, Ivory Soap, Woodbury Soap, The Pennsylvania Railroad, and the”Spirit of 1943″ ;


Member: National Academy of Design, New York, NY ; Salmagundi, New York, NY ; Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, past president ;
Exhibited with: National Academy of Design, New York, NY ; Salmagundi, New York, NY ; Society of Illustrators, New York, NY ;

Milestones: Watched his dad do civil engineering drawings as a child ;




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