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Francis Davis
Millet
American painter, illustrator, writer, muralist & journalist
born November 3 1846- died April 16 1912

Nationality:
American

Full member of:
National Academy of Design, New York

Director of:
American Academy at Rome

Vice-president of:
National Academy of Design, New York

Correspondent for:
Harper's Weekly, London Daily News, London Graphic, New York Herald, The Times

Member of:
American Water Color Society, Institute of Painters in Oil Colors, London, Society of American Artists

Student at:
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Graduate of:
Harvard College


Biographical Information

MILLET, FRANCIS DAVIS (1846-1912), American artist, was born at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, on the 3rd of November 1846. He was a drummer boy with the Union forces in the Civil War; graduated from Harvard College in 1869; and in 1871 entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, where he studied under Van Lerius and De Keyser. In 1873 he was made secretary of the Massachusetts commission to the Vienna Exposition. During the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 he was correspondent of the London Daily News and Graphic, and of the New York Herald. On his return he was made a member from the United States of the International Art Jury at the Paris Exposition of 1878. He was director of decorations at theColumbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, and in 1898 he went to Manila as war correspondent for The Times and for Harper's Weekly. In 1880 he became a member of the Society of American Artists, and in 1885 was elected to full membership in the National Academy of Design, New York, and was for one term its vice-president; he became a member also of the American Water Color Society and of the Institute of Painters in Oil Colors, London. As a decorative artist his work may be seen at Trinity Church, Boston; the Bank of Pittsburgh; and the Capitol at St Paul, Minnesota. His pictures are in many public collections: among them are A Cosy Corner, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; At the Inn, in the Union League Club, New York; and Between two Fires, in the Tate Gallery, London. He also wrote essays and short stories, and an English version of Tolstoy's Sebastopol (1887); and among his publications are The Danube (1891), Capillary Crime and other Stories (1892), and Expedition to the Philippines (1899).

Francis Davis Millet was lost on the Titanic in 1912.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.

   Artist Letters

Wandering Thoughts

Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
Wandering Thoughts
The Expansionist

1899
Oil on canvas laid down on boa
106.7 x 172.7 cm
(42.01" x 67.99")
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
The Expansionist
Old Harmonies

Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
Reading the Story of Oenone

c1882
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 147 cm
(30" x 57.87")
Detroit Institute of Art (Detroit, Michigan, United States)

Added: 2004-05-31
Reading the Story of Oenone
A Difficult Duet

1886
Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
A Difficult Duet
Flemish Kitchen

Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
A Cosey Corner

1884
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 61.6 cm
(36.26" x 24¼")
Public collection

Added: 2004-05-31
A Cosey Corner
Between Two Fires

c1892
Oil on canvas
74 x 91.4 cm
(29.13" x 35.98")
Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom)

Added: 2004-05-31
Between Two Fires
Playing with Baby

c1877-c1878
Oil on canvas
127 x 71.7 cm
(50" x 28.23")
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
How the Gossip Grew

1890
Oil on canvas
Private collection

Added: 2004-05-31
How the Gossip Grew