1913 (Dayton, Ohio)
1988 (Hilton Head, South Carolina)
New York/South Carolina/Ohio
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|M. Coburn Whitmore, known as "Coby", described his three primary
interests as "racing cars", "illustrating" and "smart clothes on
good-looking women". The racing cars were a hobby, but he was
thoroughly professional in his illustrations of beautiful women.
Probably no other illustrator has been so inventive over so long a time
in doing variations on the theme of "boy meets girl".|
born in Dayton, Ohio and attended the Dayton Art Institute there.
Next, he went to Chicago as an apprentice in the studio of Haddon
Sundblom and Edwin Henry, and took night classes at the Chicago Art
Following his apprenticeship, he worked for the
"Chicago Herald Examiner" and the Charles Jensen studio in Cincinnati,
Then he moved to New York for a long association with the Charles E.
Cooper Studio, and also began to get illustration assignments from the
major magazines, including "McCalls", "The Ladies Home Journal",
"Redbook", "Good Housekeeping", "Cosmopolitan" and "Womans Day". May
foreign publications purchased the second rights to publish his
Whitmore exhibited at Art Directors shows in
New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Westchester, winning many awards
and citations. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and was
elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978. He was an artist and resident of
Hilton Head Island for several years.
Walt Reed, The Illustrator in America 1880-1980 , p.332
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