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McCown,  William Eugene

McCown, William Eugene

Male 1898 - 1966  (67 years)

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  • Name McCown, William Eugene 
    Born 27 Jul 1898  El Dorado Springs, Cedar, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 16 Jun 1900  Deepwater, Henry, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 18 Apr 1910  Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Education 1914  Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Central High School 
    Education 1917  Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    University of Missouri-Columbia (1917-1919) 
    Education 1919  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    "Modern Art School" 
    Arrival Jan 1920  San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Travel 17 Jan 1920  West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 10
    • Eugene toured the West Indies with John Blomshield (b.31 May 1897 Bay City, MI), the artist of the Hemingway portrait that appears on the dust jacket of "The Sun Also Rises", 1st ed.
    Residence Jul 1921  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation 1922  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Artwork 1923  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    An oil painting of Nancy Cunard 
    Artwork 1924  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The frontispiece to René Crevel's book,"Détours" 
    Exhibit 1925  Paris, Île-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Galerie de L'Effort Moderne, Léonce Rosenberg 
    Periodical Mar 1925  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    • "The Little Review" (Source includes letters to Jane Kemp and a few of Eugene's paintings published in this issue). Included an article about Eugene by Rene Crevel.
    Residence 1930  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Exhibit 15 Mar 1930  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 20
    • Marie Sterner Galleries (11 East 57th St.). The exhibition ran from March 15th - 28th. See source for the portfolio.
    Article about Eugene McCown 14 May 1930  Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Newspapers.com - The Sedalia Democrat - 14 May 1930
    Newspapers.com - The Sedalia Democrat - 14 May 1930
    Travel Abt 1932  Antwerpen, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Residence 27 Nov 1933  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Residence 20 Nov 1934  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    Exhibit 23 Feb 1937  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [24, 25
    Federal Art Project Gallery (7 East 38th St.) 
    Exhibition of WPA Painters at Federal Art Project Gallery (1937)
    Exhibition of WPA Painters at Federal Art Project Gallery (1937)
    Exhibit 2 Nov 1938  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Whitney Museum of American Art (10 West 8th St.) 
    Whitney Museum to Open Its Annual Show
    Whitney Museum to Open Its Annual Show
    Residence 1940  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Occupation 22 Sep 1945  Utica, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Author 1950  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    "Siege of Innocence" 
    Residence 1964  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    Died 23 Apr 1966  Manhattan, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [30, 31
    Cause: Cause of death was testicular cancer per my Grandmother 
    Person ID I345  Discovering My Ancestors
    Last Modified 11 May 2017 

    Father McCown, William Henry,   b. 7 Aug 1870, Henry County, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1961, Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Boyer, Inez,   b. 24 Apr 1877, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1909, Deepwater, Henry, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Family ID F70  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Portrait: William Eugene McCown by Man Ray
    Portrait: William Eugene McCown by Man Ray

    Documents
    1940 Manhattan NY Phone Book
    1940 Manhattan NY Phone Book
    Poster - W.P.A Federal Art Project Exhibition (1937)
    Poster - W.P.A Federal Art Project Exhibition (1937)
    Painting by Eugene McCown from the periodical 'The Little Review'
    Painting by Eugene McCown from the periodical "The Little Review"
    Painting by Eugene McCown from the periodical 'The Little Review'
    Painting by Eugene McCown from the periodical "The Little Review"
    Portrait of unknown woman by Eugene McCown
    Portrait of unknown woman by Eugene McCown
    Frontispiece by Eugene MacCown for René Crevel's 'Détours'
    Frontispiece by Eugene MacCown for René Crevel's "Détours"
    Painting: 'Si Jeunesse Savait'
    Painting: "Si Jeunesse Savait"
    1. Letter to Jane Kemp
    1. Letter to Jane Kemp
    Les deux nues au lapin
    Les deux nues au lapin
    2. Letter to Jane Kemp (1 of 2)
    2. Letter to Jane Kemp (1 of 2)
    L'espagnole
    L'espagnole
    Painting by Eugene McCown from the periodical 'The Little Review'
    Painting by Eugene McCown from the periodical "The Little Review"
    2a. Letter to Jane Kemp (2 of 2)
    2a. Letter to Jane Kemp (2 of 2)
    3. Letter to Jane Kemp (1 of 2)
    3. Letter to Jane Kemp (1 of 2)
    'Les deux nus a cheval' by Eugene McCown
    "Les deux nus a cheval" by Eugene McCown
    3a. Letter to Jane Kemp (2 of 2)
    3a. Letter to Jane Kemp (2 of 2)
    4. Letter to Jane Kemp (1 of 2)
    4. Letter to Jane Kemp (1 of 2)
    4a. Letter to Jane Kemp (2 of 2)
    4a. Letter to Jane Kemp (2 of 2)
    Book: Siege of Innocence
    Book: Siege of Innocence
    Envelope from letter to Andrew Dasburg
    Envelope from letter to Andrew Dasburg
    'Les deux nus a cheval' by Eugene McCown
    "Les deux nus a cheval" by Eugene McCown
    Portrait of Nancy Cunard by Eugene McCown
    Portrait of Nancy Cunard by Eugene McCown
    Portfolio: 'Paintings - Drawings - Gouaches' by Eugene MacCown
    Portfolio: "Paintings - Drawings - Gouaches" by Eugene MacCown
    Letter to Andrew Dasburg (pg.1)
    Letter to Andrew Dasburg (pg.1)
    Letter to Andrew Dasburg (pg.2)
    Letter to Andrew Dasburg (pg.2)

    Histories
    About William Eugene McCown
    About William Eugene McCown
    Eugene MacCown Exhibit, March 15-27 ( Marie Sterner Galleries)
    Eugene MacCown Exhibit, March 15-27 ( Marie Sterner Galleries)
    Whitney Museum to Open Its Annual Show
    Whitney Museum to Open Its Annual Show

  • Sources 
    1. [S272] U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, (Registration Date: 09 Sep 1918. Place: Henry, Missouri).
      Birth: 27 Jul 1898 Nearest Relative: William H. McCown; Address: Dee pwater, MO

    2. [S299] Puerto Rico, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1901-1962, Year: 1920.

    3. [S622] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, (Issued: 17 Jan 1920, Passport # 160056).
      "I, William Eugene McCown,...solemnly swear that I was born i n Eldorado Springs in the state of Missouri on the 27th day of July, 1 898, that my father, William H. McCown was born in Windsor, Missouri a nd is now residing at 501 Green Street, Clinton, Missouri. My permanen t residence being at New York City, NY where I follow the occupation o f artist...I desire a passport to visit the following countries: Guada lupe, Dominica, Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica...I intend to leave the U S from the port of New York City sailing on board Ponce on January 17t h, 1920." Height: 5' 10 1/2" | Eyes: Gray- green | Hair: dark brown

    4. [S248] 1900 United States Federal Census, Deepwater, Henry, Missouri.

    5. [S249] 1910 United States Federal Census, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.
      Eugene and his sister, Laurayne, are living at the home of their decea sed mother's brother, Edward Boyer. Their father is not listed.

    6. [S624] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, (1914-2).

    7. [S624] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, (1914).

    8. [S624] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, (1917).

    9. [S624] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, (1918).

    10. [S319] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, (Departed: 10 Jun 1920).
      Departure date: 10 Jun 1920 Departure place: La Guaira (On Board A t Curacse) Arrival date: 18 Jun 1920 Arrival place: New York City

    11. [S622] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, (Issued 17 Jun 1922, Passport # 193232).
      "...I last left the US on July 1921...arriving at France on Jul y 1921...I have resided outside the US at the following places for th e following periods: South America - Feb 1920 to June 1920 | Franc e - Jul 1921 to date...I desire a passport for traveling to the follow ing countries: British Isles, Germany, Spain and Italy." (Amende d on May 29 for travel to Austria.)

    12. [S98] Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle, pg.100.
      "He plays jazz on the piano nights (10 till 2) at Le Boeuf, w hich is the rendezvous of Jean Cocteau, Les Six, and les snobs intelle ctuals--a not unassuming place frequented by English upper-class, bohe mians, wealthy Americans, French aristocrats...He plays remarkably wel l and is the talk as well as the toast of Paris. He paints afternoon s and has recently had a sudden access of financial success.... I tak e my social life vicariously now…thru Eugene."

    13. [S89] University of Texas at Austin, Islands of Order: A Decade of Collecting.

    14. [S97] Détours.

    15. [S91] Bulletin de L'Effort moderne, p.16.

    16. [S212] Little Review Records, 1914-1964, Box 8, Folder 19 and Box 10, Folder 31.

    17. [S259] 1930 United States Federal Census, New York City, (Manhattan), NY.

    18. [S319] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, (Arrived: 04 Mar 1930).
      Departed from La Havre, France on 26 Feb 1930

    19. [S95] Newspaper - New York Times, A Round of Galleries - Eugene MacCown Invites His Titles (1930).
      "As for titles," says Eugene MacCown, "I never though t of them"; and so the artist has asked his friends to baptize th e pictures for him. Each name becomes, therefore, at least a persona l criticism--at most, a personal response. Clive Bell, Jean Cocteau, N orman Douglas, André Gide--all have made their comments....

    20. [S200] Peter Harrington (bookseller), "Paintings - Drawings - Gouaches" by Eugene MacCown (Catalogue 64, #182).
      Oblong octavo. 10 leaves plus 4 plates (18 pictures total). Printed o n verge de Rives. At Eugene's request, each artwork was given a t itle by the following authors: Clive Bell, Jean Cocteau, Bernard Fay , André Gide, Norman Douglas, and Raymond Mortimer.

    21. [S684] Newspapers.com - The Sedalia Democrat - 14 May 1930, 14 May 1930.

    22. [S319] New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, (Arrived: 27 Nov 1933).

    23. [S93] Archives of American Art, Andrew Dasburg and Grace Mott Johnson papers (Box 3, Folder 37).
      November 20
      Hotel Chelsea
      West 23rd St.
      Dear Andrew,
      The application for the Guggenheim Fellowship had to be in by Nov. 1s t and since I didn’t have your permission I didn’t user\ your name. Ju st how much of politics enter into their award I don’t know but if yo u are aware of any secret button to be pulled, any private manipulatio n on your part would be vastly appreciated.
      To get a fellowship would be important, for I am in a really distressi ng situation – To a point that I am likely at any day to be put out o f my hotel with paintings, paraphernalia, and baggage seized.
      If you are able to put me in the way of selling a picture or somehow m aking me money, it would be a godsend. My best to Ken Adams if you se e him, also to Jack Beckett.
      Sincerely,
      Eugene MacCown

    24. [S93] Archives of American Art, Federal Art Project, Photographic Division (Box: 15, Folder: 35, Reel: 1168).

    25. [S95] Newspaper - New York Times, Works of Federal Art Project Painters at Unit's Gallery Have Varied Interest (1937).
      ...exhibition at the Federal Art Project Gallery, 7 East Thirty-Eight h Street, may be seen through March 23 the third exhibition of work b y artists of the WPA easel painting department...Each of the artists i n the WPA show is represented by one canvas.

    26. [S95] Newspaper - New York Times, Whitney Museum to Open its Annual Show (1938).
      Paintings by more than 100 artists, representing sixteen States, wil l be on show next Wednesday when the 1938 Annual Exhibition of Contemp orary American Art is opened to the public at the Whitney Museum of Am erican Art, 10 West Eighth Street.
      This year's exhibition, like those in the past, has been assembled thr ough the non-jury method...The museum picked the 109 artists who wer e invited to the show, but left to each the choice of what work he wis hed to represent him. Each artist contributed one painting...

    27. [S209] 1940 Manhattan NY Phone Directory, p.629.

    28. [S94] Siege of Innocence: A Romantic Comedy Of Paris & Venice in the Twentie s.

    29. [S11] A Sacred Quest: The Life and Writings of Mary Butts, "Interviews with Virgil Thompson, Eugene MacCown, Quentin Bell, and Hugh Ross Williamson" ( pp34-41).
      The interview was conducted in New York City in the fall of 1964. Th e document trail of Eugene McCown goes cold after that.

    30. [S211] New York City volumes of Death Notices, Death Certificate #: 9170.
      MacCown, Eugene Age 67 Died April 23, 1966 in the Borough of Manhatt an Death Certificate #: 9170

    31. [S92] Horizon Chasers: The lives and adventures of Richard Halliburton and P aul Mooney, Notes for Chapter 4 (pg 253, #7).