Archive | November 2009

Archie Butt by Frank Millet

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Frank Millet painted a series of Men in Uniform, which included his old friend Archibald Willingham Butt, aide to both Taft and Roosevelt.  Frank Millet often stayed at Archie’s Washington home on G Street and the two travelled together to Italy before returning home on the Titanic.

Frank was concerned about Archie’s state of mind after the loss of his mother, and the marriage of Archie’s great love, Mathilde Townsend to another man.  Butt was also distressed about political issues in Washington between Taft and Roosevelt. The trip to Italy to open a new school of art was to be a vacation for Archie Butt.  The rest of their story is well-known, and the tragic outcome of the loss of both men.

The painting of Archie Butt was inherited by the grand -niece of Archie Butt, the former Margaret Morgan, daughter of Shirley Morgan and Arrington Butt (Archie’s brother’s one child).  The feet have been cut off the portrait so the painting could hang over a mantle.  Ultimately the portrait will find its way to Augusta, Georgia, to the art museum there.

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