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MILLET, Francis Davis, artist, born in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, 3 November, 1846. He was graduated at Harvard in 1869, and then studied art in Antwerp under Van Lerius and De Keyser, winning silver and gold medals of honor in 1872 and 1873. In the latter year he was appointed secretary of the Massachusetts commission to the World's fair in Vienna, and was also a juror at that exhibition. Mr. Millet was correspondent of the London "Daily News" during the war between Turkey and Russia in 1877-'8, and received the Roumanian iron cross in 1877, and the war medals of Russia and Roumania in 1878, also the orders of chevalier of St. Anne and of St. Stanislas from the Russian government in 1877. He was juror of fine arts in the World's fair in Paris in 1878, in 1885 received a medal at New Orleans, and in 1887 one from the American art association. His literary work includes contributions to the daily journals as correspondent, various critical articles and short stories in magazines, and a translation of Leo Tolstoi's "Sebastopol" (New York, 1887). He designed the costumes for the representation of the " (Edipus Tyrannus" of Sophocles that was given in Cambridge by Harvard students in 1880. Among his paintings are portraits of Charles Francis Adams, Jr., and of Samuel L. Clemens, exhibited at the National academy in New York in 1877 ; also "Bashi Bazouk" (1878) . "The Window-Slat" (1884)" and "A Difficult Duet" (1886).
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