FRANCIS DAVIS MILLET (1846–1912)
This is a finished sketch for a large mural in the Bank of Pittsburgh. In the Aesthetic era, allegorical figures of women in white adorned the walls of state capitals, court houses, hotels, and banks. Millet presents a procession of beautiful women in white performing the ancient Greek festival of Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. A French-trained artist, Millet painted the mural from his English home in the Cotswolds. Models included his neighbors, Mrs. Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and the American actress Mary Anderson.