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1814. Millet born, October 4, in hamlet of Gruchy, commune of Gréville, in the old province of Normandy, France.

1832. Two months' study with Mouchel in Cherbourg.

Death of Millet's father.

Study with Langlois in Cherbourg.

1837. Removal to Paris, supported by annuity of 400 francs from the municipality of Cherbourg.[1]

1837-1839 (?). Studies with Delaroche.[2]

1840. A portrait of M.L.F. exhibited at Salon of the Louvre.

1841. Portrait of Mademoiselle Antoinette Feuardent.

Marriage with Mademoiselle Pauline Virginie Ono in Cherbourg.

1842. Returned to Paris.

1844. Millet exhibited at Salon: the Milkmaid, the Riding Lesson.

Death of Millet's wife, April 21, and Millet's return home for 18 months.

1845. Marriage with Catherine Lemaire late in summer, in Gréville.

Visit in Havre in November.

Arrival in Paris in December, and residence in the rue Rochehouart.

1847. Oedipus taken from the Tree exhibited at the Salon.

1848. Millet exhibited at the Salon the Winnower, bought by M.

Ledru-Rollin for 500 francs, and the Captivity of the Jews in Babylon.

1849. Removal to Barbizon.

1850. The Sower painted and exhibited at the Salon with the Sheaf Binders.

1851. Death of Millet's grandmother, Louise Jumelin, at Gruchy.

1853. Death of Millet's mother at Gruchy.

Millet exhibited at the Salon:

Ruth and Boaz,

bought by an American.

The Sheep Shearer,

The Shepherd,

bought by William Morris Hunt

1854. Visit four months to the surroundings of the old home in Normandy.

1855. The Grafter, exhibited at the Salon.

1856. Le Pare aux Moutons painted.

1857. The Gleaners exhibited at the Salon.

1859. The Angelus exhibited at the Salon.

1860-1861. The Shepherd in the Fold by Moonlight, and the Femme aux Seaux.

1861. The Potato Planters painted.

Millet exhibited at the Salon of the Champs Elysèes:

Feeding Her Birds.


The Sheep Shearer.

1862. List of pictures painted:-


The Crows.

Sheep Feeding.

The Wool Carder.

The Stag.

The Birth of the Calf.

The Shepherdess.

The Man with the Hoe.

1863. Millet sent to Salon: Man with the Hoe, The Wool Carder (see list of works in 1862), and a Shepherd bringing Home his Sheep.

1864. Millet exhibited at the Salon: The Shepherdess, and The Birth of the Calf (see list of works in 1862).

1865. Completion of decorative pictures for M. Thomas: Spring and Summer, panels 8 by 4 ft., set in the woodwork; Autumn for the ceiling; Winter for the chimneypiece.

1866. Short visit to Vichy, Auvergne, Clermont, Issoire.

1867. Millet exhibited at the Exposition Universelle (International Exhibition):-

Death and the Woodcutter (refused by the Salon of 1859).

The Gleaners.

The Shepherdess.

The Sheep Shearer.

The Shepherd.

The Sheep Fold.

The Potato Planters.

The Potato Harvest.

The Angelus.

Visit to Vichy in June.

1867-69. The Pig Killers.

1868. Millet made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, August 13.

Journey with Sensier in Alsace and Switzerland, September.

1870. Millet elected, March 24, juror for coming exposition.

The Woman Churning exhibited at the Salon.

Departure for Gréville on account of danger of remaining in Barbizon during the war.

1871. Return to Barbizon November 7.

1874. Order from Administration of Beaux Arts for mural decorations in the Panthéon (Ste. Geneviève), Paris.

The Priory painted.

1875. Death of Millet, January 20, at Barbizon.


To this was added later 600 francs from the General Council of La Manche, but both annuities were soon discontinued.


The exact date of Millet's severing connection with Delaroche is not mentioned by his biographers, though the circumstances are detailed.

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