- Robert L. Gale
Mifflin, Lloyd (15 September 1846–16 July 1921), poet and painter, was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Houston Mifflin, a moderately well-to-do landowner, portrait painter, and poet, and Elizabeth Ann Bethel Heise. Mifflin’s mother died when he was a child, after which his father gave up his career to care for the five children. Mifflin attended elementary schools in Columbia and the Washington Classical Institute there. He was also tutored by his father and by Howard W. Gilbert, who had studied in Heidelberg, Germany. When he began to show an interest in sketching at age fourteen, his father warned him of the problems most artists encounter. Soon recognizing that the boy was serious, however, he proceeded to train him in the basics of draftsmanship and the harmonious use of colors and also encouraged him in landscape drawing....