Bronze, 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
(16.67 x 16/51 cm.)

Francis Davis Millet, 1879

Francis Davis Millet (1846-1912) was a painter, muralist and illustrator, as well as a writer and correspondent for various Boston and New York papers. Graduating from Harvard in 1869, Millet spent several years in Europe and the Middle East and studied in Antwerp at the Royal Academy. He probably met Saint-Gaudens in Boston in 1875, when the two were assisting John La Farge with the murals in Trinity Church. With Saint-Gaudens he served on the jury to select American paintings for the Paris Exposition of 1878. In Paris in1879, Saint-Gaudens and writer Samuel Clemens officiated as witnesses to Millet's marriage to Elizabeth Greely Merrill. This relief is thought to have been done as a wedding present.

Millet’s path crossed the sculptor’s several times, as a member of the commission to organize the decoration of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, as a member of the jury for the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, and as a member of the American Academy in Rome. It was on Academy business that Millet set sail in April 1912 on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. He did not survive.