William Miller was primarily a society portrait painter but also known as an antiquarian horological collector. He was born in Florence on 24th April 1851 as third son of six, plus two daughters, of John and Harriet Miller (née Edwards). John was usually recorded as an artist himself, including on his marriage at St Pancras, London, on 22nd October 1846 and at his children’s baptisms, but was really a gentleman of private means who was living in Europe for some years when his second and third sons were born. The second was John Douglas Miller, apparently born early in 1850 in Paris, who in 1871 was a co-pupil and just ahead of William in the Royal Academy Schools: he became a well-known mezzotint engraver and protégé of George Richmond. The eldest son was Arthur William Kaye Miller (1849–1914) who in 1871 had just begun a 44-year career at the British Museum where he became an influential bibliographer/cataloguer and eventually Keeper of Printed Books. For his last 23 years there to retirement in 1913 the ordering and printing of its General Catalogue was entirely under his control. He died suddenly in the Museum the following year while showing his daughter a newly opened gallery there.

Text source: Art Detective

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