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Francis David Millet, 1846-1912

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1846
Place of Birth: Mattapoisett, MA
Date of Death: 1912.04.15
Place of Death: on the Titanic


Francis David Millet was a portrait, genre and fresco painter, illustrator, medallist, travel writer and journalist.


Millet studied under J. Van Lerins and N. de Keyser in Antwerp. He travelled in Europe and America, and worked and exhibited frequently in London, showing at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and New Gallery. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Manchester Art Gallery. In 1882 he was elected an associate of the National Academy in New York and in 1885 he was elected to the membership of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London.

In 1888 JW described Millet as a 'distinguished artist' and 'capital fellow' and seconded his nomination as a member of a society, possibly the Beefsteak Club or the Royal Society of British Artists, of which JW was President from 1886 to 1888 (#13635, #09417). In 1889 Millet was among those included in the preliminary preparations for a meal to be held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May in celebration of JW's honorary membership of the Royal Academy in Munich (#00631).

Millet also exhibited at the Salon and was awarded a gold medal in 1889. His Between Two Fires was bought by the Chantrey Bequest in 1892. From 1900 he was on the Salon Jury and was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. He died in the sinking of the Titanic.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1880.