Born in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and raised in East Bridgewater, Frank Millet was a respected teacher, and an academic painter and muralist known for historical genre scenes. 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. He then studied painting in Rome and Venice and returned to the United States in 1875 to become a correspondent for the "Advertiser" at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition where he exhibited. In 1876, he became one of the founders of the Boston Museum School of Art along with John La Farge and William Morris Hunt and in 1877, he served as an artist-correspondent during the Russo-Turkish War. Millet became a member of the Society of American Artists in 1880, and in 1885 was elected as a member of the National Academy of Design, New York and as Vice-Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee. He was made a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and sat on the advisory committee of the National Gallery of Art. He was also decorations director for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
In 1912 Millet booked first class passage on the maiden voyage of the Royal Mail Ship Titanic and died in the shipwreck.
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