Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

The Thread of Life Runs Smooth as Yet

Oil on canvas. The George Bednar Donation.

Fred Millard

1857 - 1937

Although Millard was among the founder members of the Newlyn School and remained resident in the village for more than a decade, he is among the lesser known of the core artists. He developed a friendship with the more famous Henry Scott Tuke while a student and this seems to have endured throughout his life.



Fred Millard - 1857 - 1937

This London-born artist studied in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens, where he was a contemporary of Henry Scott Tuke in 1882.

Millard was clearly among the original Newlyn School artists as he appears in the group photographs of 1884, and one of the studios in Bateman’s Meadow was constructed for him. In 1889 his address was at Belmont, Paul Hill, and in 1891 he lived in Fore Street, Newlyn.

A genre painter, he exhibited mainly at the Society of British Artists, and also at the Royal Academy, with early titles including The Convalescent, Bad News and Walls Have Ears.

By 1894, he had left Newlyn and moved to Hampstead, London. In 1896 his address was in Boreham Wood, where Tuke frequently visited him by bicycle between 1899 and 1905. Tuke also mentions in his diary that Millard had a ‘dock studio’ in Falmouth in 1902, and it is clear he maintained a home in Falmouth while living primarily in the London area for a number of years.

Later he returned, with his wife, to live on Cliff Road at Falmouth, though he continued to exhibit in London, primarily with the Royal Society of British Artists. He died in London, aged 80 on 13 October, 1937.