Artist Search
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 Lilian May Miller  (1895 - 1943)

About: Lilian May Miller


Examples of her work


Quick facts

Exhibits - current  




Book references

Magazine references pre-2007


Discussion board

Signature Examples*  
Buy and Sell: Lilian May Miller
  For sale ads

Auction results*

  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for her*  
  Dealers Auction sales graphs*  

What's my art worth?

Magazine ads pre-1998*  

Market Alert - Free

Lived/Active: California      Known for: Oriental motif, printmaking

Login for full access
View AskART Services

*may require subscription

Available for Lilian May Miller:

Quick facts (Styles, locations, mediums, teachers, subjects, geography, etc.) (Lilian Miller)


Biographical information (Lilian Miller)


Book references (Lilian Miller)


Magazine references (Lilian Miller)


Museum references (Lilian Miller)


Auction records - upcoming / past (Lilian Miller)


Auction high record price (Lilian Miller)


Analysis of auction sales (Lilian Miller)


Discussion board entries (Lilian Miller)


Image examples of works (Lilian Miller)


Please send me Alert Updates for Lilian May Miller (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 4
AskART Artist
from Auction House Records.
Redwood trees
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A woman who lived between two cultures, she was a native of Japan, but her parents were Americans. She was the daughter of Ransford Miller, an American embassy official in Japan and of Lily Murray, a New York born woman who taught English in Japan.

Lily was educated in Japanese methods of painting and exhibited at the Imperial Salon at the Ueno Academy of Fine Arts. She was awarded with the art name of "Gyokka," meaning Jeweled Flower. In 1913, her father was returned to Washington D.C., and she went to Vassar College, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Then her father was named the American Consul General to Seoul, Korea, and she moved there briefly with her family but returned to Washington to take a political job. Then she returned to Japan and studied art with Shimada Bokusen, a progressive artist, and received numerous awards.

She turned to woodblock printing, hoping to make a living with this, which she did, particularly making sales among diplomatic corps people. Many of her finished prints as well as paintings were destroyed in the Great Kanto earthquake on September 1, 1923. However, she continued to work and did more landscape prints.

As an artist she did oil painting, watercolor, book illustrations, photography, and prints. Her collectors include some of Japan's most prominent people including Empress Nagako. In America, one of her closest friends and the person who provided her a home in this country was Grace Nicholson, Pasadena art dealer.

Noted for her lack of conventionality, Miller preferred to be called "Jack." She never married, loved mountain climbing and dressed in masculine style clothes. She supported herself solely through the sale of her art. A bitter point in her life was the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, and she worked in the war effort against the Japanese. She died at age forty seven of abdominal cancer in California, and her prints were donated to Scripps College.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Lilian May Miller was born in Tokyo, Japan on July 20, 1895, the daughter of the U.S. Consul General.  Lillian was educated at the American School in Tokyo and at Vassar College. 

She began art training at age nine under the court painter to the Emperor and exhibited in the Imperial Salon at age 12.  She authored and illustrated a book of poetry entitled, Grass Blades From a Cinnamon Garden.  Inspired by her friend Helen Hyde, after 1920 she specialized in making woodblock prints in the Japanese manner which she exhibited in leading cities of the U.S.  During the 1930s she lectured on block printing and demonstrated at the California Art Club.  Arriving in San Francisco in 1938, she lived there until cancer ended her life on Jan. 11, 1943. 

Exh:  Tokyo, 1920; Nicholson Gallery (Pasadena), 1930; Gump's (SF), 1939; De Young Museum, 1954 (solo); Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena), 1998 (solo). 

Works Held: Art Institute of Chicago; Library of Congress; Scripps College; Baltimore Museum; Denver Public Library; British Museum; Smithsonian Inst.; Seattle Art Inst. 
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1932; Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Who's Who in California 1942; Death Record; SF Chronicle, 1-13-1943 (obit); American Art Review, Dec. 1998.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2014 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  frequently searched artists 1, 2, more...  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records, misc artists