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An example of work by Charles E. Mills
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|Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:|
|From an unsigned biographical sketch of Charles Mills :|
E. Mills was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., January 29, 1856 and died
December 2, 1956 in Dedham, Mass. After one year in Allegheny
College, he went to Europe in 1878. There he joined the Duveneck
School and studied in Germany and Italy. He returned to the
United States and set up a studio in Boston. He later spent a
year in Paris and again maintained a studio in Boston. In 1888
with his sister and mother, he took up his residence at 63 School
Street in Dedham and moved his studio to a block in Dedham Square.
Mills was a portrait painter, muralist and landscape artist as well as
a designer and worker in stained glass. His work can be found in
the stained glass windows in Memorial Hall, Harvard College and in
Trinity Church. His bibliographical murals of Benjamin Franklin
in the Franklin Institute are well known.
The following concerns Mills' life aside from his work as an artist :
1920 I bought the duplex house in which Mr. Mills and his sister,
Ellen, lived at 63 School Street. We moved into #61 - 5 children,
mother-in-law, father and mother. The Mills had lived there since 1888,
the year I was born. It was not long before we adopted the Mills
and they adopted our family. They often said that they regarded
our children as their own relatives. As the years went by and
they became more feeble, my wife assumed the responsibiltiy for their
welfare. Mr. Mills' eyesight failed, and he gave up his studio in
1946. He was able to get around but could not paint or
read. He loved flowers and kept a flower garden until he was
98. His sister fell and fractured her hip in 1952, and was
obliged to enter a nursing home. Mr. Mills had his meals with us
until 1954 when he could no longer live alone. He entered the
same nursing home as his sister and died December 2, 1956. His
sister lived three years more and died in 1959, aged 101.
Mr. Mills kept his mind until death. He went to sleep one night and never awakened.
Mills was long a familiar and colorful figure in Dedham and was held in
affectionate regard by all who recognized his Van Dyke beard and formal
The Mills are buried in Allegheny Cemetery,
Pittsburgh. The cemetery was once part of the farm of his grandfather,
who was was in business in Pitttsburgh about 1804.
|Biography from Dedham Historical Society:|
CHARLES E. MILLS, born in Pittsburg, PA, January 23, 1856, died in
Dedham, Massachusetts, November 2, 1956, was a nationally noted artist
and muralist, and achieved fame as the designer of the stained glass
windows in Memorial Hall, Harvard College, and in Trinity Church,
Copley Square, Boston. He maintained a studio in Boston as
well as Dedham, and lived at 63 School Street in Dedham with his
sister, Ellen Mills.
He was a noted portrait painter, muralist and landscape painter, and
a skilled designer in stained glass. A number of Boston buildings
are decorated with his work, especially noted are the biographical
murals of Benjamin Franklin in the Franklin Technical Institute.
His paintings hang in local Dedham buildings, including the Dedham
Public Library and the Dedham First Unitarian Church, with the most
extensive collection at the Dedham Historical Society, with which he
was involved. He painted many portraits of doctors, judges and
educators as well as many local Dedham landscapes. He designed
bookplates and created and redesigned patterns for the Dedham Pottery.
Mills was graduated from Alleghany College, Meadville, PA. He
traveled extensively in Europe after his graduation in 1878, and
studied for 10 years on the continent, including Germany and France and
at the Duvaneck School in Italy.
He was a resident of Dedham for 48 years, and is buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery
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