Arts Everyday Living: A Memory of an Artist on the Titanic

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Did you know one of the victims of the tragic sinking of the Titanic that occurred 100 years ago today was an artist?  He was Francis or Frank Millet (1846-1912) whose life is commemorated by a sculpture near the White House, the Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain, created in 1913 by Daniel Chester French, renowned for his statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.  Archibald Butt, a military aide to President Taft and close friend to Millet, is also honored.  According to witnesses on the Titanic, “both men were last seen giving up their life preservers to women passengers, shortly before the ship sank in in the icy Atlantic waters.”*

Millet was survived by a wife, Elizabeth Merrill Millet, and several children. The American artist John Singer Sargent, decades before, immortalized a youthful Elizabeth early in her marriage.

 

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Frank Millet, 1885-86, oil on canvas, Private Collection

 

*From The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C. by James M. Goode, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. 1974.

Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain

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