93 cm (29 1/8
x 36 5/8)
From: Tate Gallery
John A.P. Millet [the artist's son] wrote that 'Between Two Fires'
is a very typical example of the style in which his father was trained
at the Royal Academy in Antwerp. Like most other paintings of the
it was executed in the 14th century Abbot's Grange in Broadway,
which Millet had salvaged from falling into complete disrepair, and had
for many years used as a studio (he painted in the old refectory). A
model - probably a certain Miss Green - posed for both the girls.
Colarossi, Millet's regular model for male figures, was doubtless used
for some of the routine poses for the Puritan, but the facial
seems to have been taken from Lindsay Macarthur, a Highland landscape
'with a sardonic, biting humour, a quick temper and fierce loyalties',
who was one of the group of artists living in or near Broadway at the
Lindsay Macarthur was the model for another of Millet's pictures, 'The
Black Sheep', now in the New Bedford Public Library in Massachusetts
of 15 December 1954 and 31 January 1955).
Catalogue of the Tate
Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists,
Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.520-1,
Wed, 27 Oct 2004
examination of "Between Two Fires" shows holly around the chandelier.
Celebrating Christmas was banned by the English Puritans in Cromwell's
time. Is the holly what the argument was about?
the artist 1892)
May-August 1892 (12);
Art Exhibition, Hampstead Central Library, London, June-July 1928 (95);
The Chantrey Collection, RA, London, January-March 1949 (33); Works
the Chantrey Collection, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight,
1950 (51); Victorian Paintings from the Tate Gallery, Public Library,
Wells, July-August 1959 (1); Royal Academy of Arts Bicentenary
1768-1968, RA, London, December 1968-March 1969 (407, repr. in
RA Pictures (London
Rockwell Kent (ed.), World Famous Paintings (New York 1939), pl.95 in
Samuel Isham and Royal Cortissoz, The History of American Painting (New
York 1944), fig.90