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Francis Davis Millet

modeled 1879 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907 relief/metal: bronze/electrotype 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (26.6 x 17.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ernst G. Fisher 1935.7.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


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Francis Davis Millet (1846-1912) was a painter, mural decorator, and illustrator from Massachusetts. After study in London and Antwerp, he assisted John La Farge with the decoration of Trinity Church in Boston, where he probably met Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In 1879, Saint-Gaudens, along with Mark Twain, witnessed the marriage of Millet to Elizabeth Greely Merrill, and the bronze relief after which this electrotype was made was most likely a wedding present. Electrotype reproductions of European works of art were exhibited in American museums in the 1880s and 1890s, along with plaster casts and copies of old-master paintings. Saint-Gaudens became interested in electrotype copies when he saw an exhibition in New York of electroplated cast-iron objects made to resemble bronze. Thirty-three years after Saint-Gaudens made Millet’s original portrait, his friend died in the sinking of the SS Titanic.

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Occupation - art - painter

Portrait male - Millet, Francis Davis - head

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907

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