Francis Davis Millet

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Francis Davis Millet

American painter, illustrator, writer, muralist and journalist

Born 11/3/1846 - Died 4/16/1912

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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.


correspondent of

  • Harper's Weekly from 1898
  • London Daily News from 1877 to 1877
  • London Graphic from 1877 to 1877
  • New York Herald from 1877 to 1877
  • The Times from 1898

director of

  • American Academy at Rome

full member of

  • National Academy of Design, New York from 1885

graduate of

  • Harvard College from 1869

member of

  • American Water Color Society
  • Institute of Painters in Oil Colors, London
  • Society of American Artists from 1880

student at

  • Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp from 1871

vice-president of

  • National Academy of Design, New York

Pg 1 of 2 Letter to Mr. Bishop

Chalet de la Plage, Vasouy,

near Honfleur, Monday a.m.
My dear Mr. Bishop,
I have not written you before because on account of the long storm which has been enjoying itself ever since we came here. I have been unable to look about for a place for you and also because I though you would not care to come in bad weather anyway. I can't say that I am any nearer the solution of the problem than I was some days ago but can write you enough about the situation for you to decide whether it is best to come. First of all we shall be very glad to have you in the neighborhood and if we had not already ones in the family and so little place that two "slop over" into a neighboring house, we should be glad. Decide to come to this .... you might come on to Honfleur by the express train (8:50 gate St. Lazare) arriving hear at 2:30. Send me word beforehand and one of us will meet you or you may leave heavy baggage at the station and walk along the road toward Trouville. Just outside Honfleu is the Fernse St. Simion I spoke of as the pension and about 4 kilometers from there is our house. You will come out to an open place in the road where stands on the side toward the sea a very tall slender stone cross.l There you can run down to the beach and walk along until you come to the first house where the American flag is flying. Or go along the road further until you come to the Fernse de la Plage (sign up under the roof of the gate) and cross the orchard to the chalet. Hoping to see or hear from you soon - I am yours in haste.

F. D. Millet

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz

Pg 2 of 2

Image courtesy of Don Kurtz