Kinney, Troy

Kinney, Troy (1871-1938)

Troy Kinney was an illustrator, painter, etcher, and print maker/graphic artist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 1, 1871. He lived in Chicago before attending the Yale School of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1896. He also studied at the Chicago Art Institute. Kinney married Margaret West, who was also an artist, and they collaborated on illustrations for several books and covers for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. So admired was this collaboration that people referred to them as “The Kinneys.” In 1910 a book publisher sent the couple to Spain to make a set of illustrations for the first English translation of the book Blood and Sand. While in Spain Kinney became fascinated with Spanish dancing and spent several years studying it. In 1914 he wrote a book on the subject titled The Dance, Its Place in Art and Life. In 1926 he and his wife moved to Falls Village, Connecticut. He first worked for the predecessor to the WPA Federal Arts Project, the Public Works of Art Project and then, in 1937 joined the WPA, completing five easel works. They were allocated to the Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Fairfield State Hospital, and the Winsted School Board. Among honors he received was election as an associate of the National Academy of Design in 1933. According to the New York Times, Troy Kinney died in a hospital in Canaan, Connecticut on January 28, 1938, “after an emergency operation for an abdominal ailment.”


Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; AskART; Who Was Who in American Art (1985) p. 338; Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters (1986), p. 491; Wikipedia; “Modern Dances Held to Mean a Modern Renaissance,” New York Times, May 3, 1914; “Allies the Dance to the Fine Arts,” New York Times, April 16, 1916; “Art Exhibitions of Paintings, New York Times, November 28, 1920; “The Dance as Architecture-Music Afield in a Season’s Reviews,” New York Times, May 13, 1928; “Troy Kinney Dead; Artist and Author,”New York Times, January 30, 1938; “Mrs. Troy Kinney, Artist, Dies at 80,” New York Times, January 13, 1952; Troy Kinney, Author and Artist, Dies,” Hartford Courant, January 30, 1938.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Troy Kinney:

Barn in Winter:  
Apple Blossoms: watercolor
Gladiolas: oil
Tulips: watercolor
Kinney, Troy