For collectors of historical marine items and specifically memorabilia relating to the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in the year 1912, here is a rare opportunity to acquire not only an interesting item relating to that sinking, but, also, a fine piece of American art. This is a pencil signed engraving, 14" by 21" inside the present mat (22" by 28" as presently framed), by the noted American artist FRANCIS DAVIS MILLET (1846-1912), who was one of the 1,000 people who perished on that infamous ship. Millet was a highly trained academic painter who exhibited in prestigious venues of the time such as the National Academy. He was also a member of the Boston Art Club, American Watercolor Society, Brooklyn Art Association. Millet is said to have worked closely with John La Farge and John Singer Sargent, and was a close friend of Mark Twain, who was the Best Man at his wedding. The listing for him on the askart site includes one of the longest lists of publications in which he is included that I have ever noted. Millet's fine paintings have exceeded $200,000 at major auction in New York. When he died on the Titanic that night in 1912, a significant American artist was shortened prematurely. The present work shows a classical interior, with two young ladies, engaging in conversation over tea and cakes. At lower right in the plate appears the name of the artist and "New York 1890", and below that in pencil appears the name of the engraver, F. Hutto. Condition is good save for a little mold on the paper at extreme right, due to the mat having been wet (the old mat took the brunt of the damage, luckily). With memorabilia of the Titanic continuing to excite the imagination nearly a century after its sinking, here is a very unusual piece sure to stimulate conversation in your home or office.
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