Thomas Millie DOW

Thomas Millie DOW
Millie Dow

Dow was born in Fifeshire, and studied at Carolus-Duran, Paris. On his return to Scotland he became associated with the Glasgow school of painters. During the early 1880s he spent many summers at Grez sur Loing in France with the colony of British and American painters congregated there. In 1884 he travelled to America to paint with his friend A H Thayer, after which he settled back in Glasgow, exhibiting often and widely.  Whilst in Scotland he became the second husband of Florence Ellen (formerly Pilcher).

He visited St Ives with his family in 1889 and moved there six years later, having bought the lease to Talland House from Leslie Stephen in 1895. After visiting St Ives, he exhibited with the St Ives Artists in the Dowdeswell show of 1890, with the title On the Sands at Lelant, Cornwall.   He was a Glanville letter signatory (Nov 1898), and became a member of the NEAC.


Painter of landscapes, still life, historical and classical

works and access

Works include: On the Sands at Lelant (c1890); The Enchanted Wood; The Wood Nymph; The Kelpie

Access to works: Manchester





Whitechapel (5)

RWE 1919




STIAC 1898


Dell & Whybrow (2003) Remembering St Ives

Dowdeswell Exhibition catalogue [repr in Hardie (2009)]

Forbes 'Two Painters of St Ives' [Julius Olsson & T Millie Dow], The Paper Chase Vol II (illus)

Garstin 'The Work of T Millie Dow' The Studio (Vol X, p145)

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p322)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists (exh record)

Martin 'The Kelpie: A Painting' The Studio (Vol 21, Personal bibl)

Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History

Whitechapel Exhibition catalogue [repr in Hardie (2009)]

Whybrow (1994) St Ives

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (bibl)