The Expansionist (The Traveled Man)


Francis Davis Millet (American, 1846–1912)




Oil on canvas, laid on board


42 x 68 inches


Purchase with funds from the Margaret and Terry Stent Endowment for the Acquisition of American Art, with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, general funds, and through prior acquisitions from Mr. and Mrs. George E. Missbach, Sr., 2000.199

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On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 304

Following extensive travel in Asia, Francis Millet painted this ambitious work. A couple in historical dress occupy a room filled with exotic souvenirs—Indonesian puppets, Javanese dolls, Japanese books, and other curiosities—that Millet based on his own collection. He also modeled the setting after the parlor of a sixteenth-century house where he had lived in England. Despite these autobiographical elements, the figures are dressed in eighteenth-century costume, and the mood of the work, with its soft natural light and exquisite still lifes, recalls seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting.