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Rose Ann Fox
(1914-1986)

Rose Ann Fox, born Rose Ann Dehoney in 1914, spent most of her life in Cincinnati, where she studied art at the Cincinnati Art Academy in the 1930's, and later in night school at the University of Cincinnati and the Central Art Academy of Cincinnati. She worked as a commercial artist for the Cincinnati Times Star newspaper and also took various free-lance jobs. She was an avid mineral collector and micromounter. In 1978, at the age of 64, she began applying her artistic skills to the representation of mineral specimens. She produced pen and ink drawings which she then reproduced in quantity and hand-colored individually using watercolors and acrylic paints. Her earliest works are in a two-thirds-page format with black margin lines and heavy black lettering for printed titles and signatures. On advice from fellow mineral artist Wendell Wilson (q.v.), she soon refined her style to a full-page format with no border lines and with much smaller titles and signatures in pencil. From 1978 to 1983 she produced 37 different hand-colored images of mineral specimens, each in a signed and numbered edition of 50, and continued to hand-color them as demand warranted until her death in 1986. The total number of copies of each that were actually colored and sold remains unknown, but complete sets are extremely rare, the one in the Mineralogical Record Library (assembled by Martin Zinn) being perhaps the only one known. During her later years she exhibited her mineral paintings at many mineral shows around the country. She also produced paintings and sketches of flower bouquets, fossils, and people.

Rose Ann died in 1986, leaving behind her husband of 38 years, James Fox (who passed away recently at the age of 97), and seven children, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Robinson, S. (1987) Mineral art today. Rocks & Minerals, 62 (5), 328-343.

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Number of artworks found: 37 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 16

The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Fluorite with Calcite and Galena, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee Fluorite with Calcite and Galena, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1979), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1979 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Twinned Calcite, Anderson, Indiana Twinned Calcite, Anderson, Indiana
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1979), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1979 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Geode with Celestite and Calcite, Mitchell, Indiana Geode with Celestite and Calcite, Mitchell, Indiana
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1979), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1979 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Calcite with Barite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee Calcite with Barite, Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1980), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1980 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Barite, Weld County, Colorado Barite, Weld County, Colorado
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1980), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1980 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Tourmaline var. Elbaite, Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil Tourmaline var. Elbaite, Golconda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1981), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1981 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Amethyst, Guerrero, Mexico Amethyst, Guerrero, Mexico
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1981), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1981 Rose Ann Fox.
The Mineralogical Record: Rose Ann Fox - Rubellite Tourmaline, Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil Rubellite Tourmaline, Xanda Mine, Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Hand-colored watercolor on printed outline drawing, 6 x 8 inches (1981), edition of 50. Specimen size and owner: unknown. Owner of the painting: the Mineralogical Record Library, gift of Martin Zinn. Copyright 1981 Rose Ann Fox.
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