Neil Reed Mitchill (often misspelled as Neil Reid Mitchell) was born
in New York City in 1858, moving to Connecticut in the 1890's and
becoming the first resident artist of Westport. He painted
seascapes, marines and coastal landscapes, often drenched in moonlight.
He studied at the National Academy of Design when it was on
23rd Street. In his youth, Mitchill was also known as an amateur
fancy skater and participated in one of the early international meets
in Vienna, Austria.
He exhibited, among others, at the National
Academy of Design from 1881 to 1888; the Brooklyn Art Association in
1886; Annual Exhibitions of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1890 and 1898; the Boston Art Club in 1891; Art Institute of Chicago
He was a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Algonquin Club in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Reed Mitchill died January 28, 1934 at Grace Hospital in New Haven,
Connecticut, ten days after his wife's passing at the same hospital.
Obituary, New York Herald Tribune, January 29, 1934
Peter Hastings Falk (editor), Who Was Who in American Art