Biography: Coby Whitmore

Maxwell Coburn “Coby” Whitmore (June 11, 1913 – October 12, 1988)


Illustrator (Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, McCall’s, Good Housekeeping), Advertisements for Gallo Wine & Kotex, Painter, Racecar Designer


Steele High School, Dayton Art Institute, Chicago Art Institute

Studio Work:

Haddon Sundblom Chicago, IL (Apprentice), Carl Jensen in Cincinnatti, OH (Apprentice), Charles E. Cooper (Hired and moved to NYC in 1942)

Art Genre/Grouping:

The New School/The Chicago Gang of Illustrators (Trio of Whitmore, Ben Stahl, and Thorton Utz)

Marital Status:

Married Dayton, OH sweetheart Virginia Comer (3 Children, 2 boys, 1 girl)

Where is his art now?

Private collections, Permanent collections of the Pentagon, The United States Air Force Academy, New Britain Museum of American Art, and Syracuse University


Maxwell Coburn “Coby” Whitmore grew up knowing he wanted to be an artist and illustrator, even before graduating from Steele High School in his Midwestern hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Over the course of a professional career spanning more than three decades, his reformations in the illustrative medium changed illustration design concepts forever, earning him an induction into the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 1978.

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