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G. Van Millett

G Van Millett was born April 5, 1864, in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived his whole life in the town.  He went to the public schools, and after working a year in his father's printing establishment entered Kansas University.  Returning, he again worked in his father's office, but all his ambitions were centered upon art.  He went to St. Louis, where he began to draw for lithographers and engravers, setting type in between times, and this courage and determination at last decided the Elder Millet to give him his wish.  The  young man was sent to Europe in 1886, and studied in the Royal Academy at Munich under masters like Carl Raupp, Nikolas Gysis, and Ludwig Von Loeffts.  He remained there five years, and his pictures secured honorable mention in the Royal Academy exhibitions.

     After a short stay in Paris, he returned to Kansas City in 1891, and established a studio here.  He spent the year of 1893 in Holland, and returning to Kansas City accepted a professorship with the Kansas City Art Association.  He soon resigned, however, preferring to work for himself and in his own way.  Mr. Millet exhibits at all the great exhibitions in this country, and in 1896 helped to organize the Kansas City Art Club.  He has served three terms as its president, and has done much to make the annual exhibitions successful.

     He married Miss Mary McKee, of Kansas City, in 1899, and they have one child, Elizabeth.
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