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Cox, Leonard

    Full Name: Cox, Leonard

    Other Names:

    • Leonard Bell Cox

    Gender: male

    Date Born: c. 1894

    Date Died: unknown

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): architecture (object genre), churches (buildings), religious buildings, and sculpture (visual works)


    Made accurate surveys of Chartres Cathedral. In the late 1950’s he undertook a study of the exact measurements of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, France. Cox’s work superseded the earlier work by Ernst Lévy, a fact modestly admitted to by Levy himself in this lifetime. Cox’s measurements enabled other scholars, such as Otto von Simson in his book The Gothic Cathedral to draw the wider conclusions about Gothic architecture. Cox is not the Australian Art collector and physician with whom is he sometimes confused.

    Selected Bibliography

    “Villard de Honnecourt, Archimedes, and Charters [sic].” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 20 (October 1961): 143-5


    "Cox, Leonard." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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