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Cyrus Cincinnati Cuneo
American, (1879-1916)

Born in 1879 in San Francisco into a large Italian family, the young Cuneo’s one ambition was to travel to Europe and study art in Paris. As a teenager he started boxing and by the age of nineteen he was the fly-weight boxing champion of San Francisco. His prize money from the sport enabled him to realize his dreams and move to Paris where he studied at the Carlo Rossi Academy and went on to become the head student under Whistler.
Cuneo met Nell Marion Tenison in the Carlo Rossi Academy and in 1903 they travelled to England and were married. Their son, Terence Cuneo, later went on to enjoy a distinguished career as a painter of trains and other forms of transport, both military and civilian.
Cuneo’s career took off in England where he quickly made a career for himself as an illustrator working for The Illustrated London, Pall Mall Magazine and The Strand Magazine.
Cuneo died in 1916 at the age of thirty-seven from blood-poisoning after being accidently stabbed by a hat-pin at a dance. Very few of his paintings survive, however work by him is in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Cuneo’s career took off in England where he quickly made a career for himself as an illustrator working for The Illustrated London, Pall Mall Magazine and The Strand Magazine.

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