– January 29
) was a notable American artist
, and author
Troy Kinney was most notable for his works portraying nudes, and dance performers, including Ruth St. Denis, Anna Pavlova, and Sophie Pflanz among others. His artistic works are part of the collections of the Chicago Art Institute, the Cleveland Museum, New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and many others.
Early Life and Career
Troy Sylvanus Kinney was born the son of William and Mary Kinney in Kansas City, MO. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1896, and then after a brief time illustrating for newspapers in the Baltimore, Maryland area, he moved to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he would later become a full member of the Chicago Board of Etchers. He met and in 1900 married his wife and collaborator Margaret West Kinney
. They were premier illustrators of the early 20th century, creating works under the joint name "The Kinneys", including scores of books, and covers for Harper's Bazaar
Perhaps Troy Kinney's greatest legacy is his contributions in the area of dance. In 1914, he co-authored with his wife the book: "Social Dancing of Today", and in 1936 another, "The Dance: It's Place in Art and Life" for which he traveled throughout the world to study various dance styles. It remains to this day one of the most comprehensive works on the subject.
Besides being a member of the Chicago Society of Etchers, Troy Kinney was a member of the Society of American Etchers, and the National Academy of Design.
Troy Kinney died near his art studio in Falls Village, Connecticut, leaving his wife and only child, John West Kinney
- Kinney, Troy and Royal Cortissoz - The Etchings of Troy Kinney 1929
- Kinney Troy and Margaret West - The Dance: It's Place in Art and Life 1936
- Morgan Charles - Troy Kinney. American Etchers- Volume IX. 1930
- Serge Leslie - Selected Letters of Troy Kinney to Doris Niles 1952