Royal Hill Milleson (1849 Ė 1936) was born on November 23, 1849 at Batavia, Ohio. In his boyhood Milleson was a journeyman printer and this led him to cartooning and sketching for newspapers, and from that he turned to painting. Milleson lived in Indianapolis from 1878 to 1895. Nothing is known of his formal art education during these years. However, he must have been noticed by the artistic community for both the John Herron Art Institute and the Indianapolis Museum of Art acquired works by the artist at a later date.
Milleson moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1895. In addition to his work in the newspaper business he found time to take formal art lessons with George W. Morse of Melrose, Massachusetts. Establishing himself in Chicago by 1900, Milleson enrolled in a course of formal study in J. Francis Smithís Academy. In 1903 he had his first painting accepted for exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago; he was to show eighteen works there between 1903 and 1915. Milleson also successfully exhibited at the Evanston Womanís Club. While in residence in Boston, Milleson was a member of the Boston Art Club; in Chicago he became a member of the Chicago Society of Artists.
In 1905 Milleson had a one-man show of watercolors at Brydenís Gallery on Wabash Avenue in Chicago. A reporter for the Chicago Record Herald gushed that Mr. Millison (sic.) has just returned to Chicago after several years of work in Boston. Before that he had passed some time in the West, and it was there among the vast mountain ranges, the artist claims, he acquired the feeling of great breadth he is able to express in the small canvases on exhibition. (September 3, 1905)
In 1912 A. C. McClurg and Co. published Millesonís book: The Artistís Point of View. It is conceived as a series of letters from the artist on the subject of landscape painting and kindred topics.
In 1923 Milleson and his wife, Florence, took up residence at the Presbyterian Home in Evanston, Illinois. Florence died on July 15, 1930 and the artist passed away on December 18, 1936, at the age of 87.
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