H. R. Millar, an uneven illustrator of Eastern and fairy stories, was born in Dumfriesshire, and studied as a civil engineer before turning to art. He then attended first the Wolverhampton Art School, then the Birmingham Municipal School of Art, and began illustrating for magazines in Birmingham. He was invited to London by the editor of the Graphic, and worked for many important periodicals, including the English Illustrated Magazine, Punch, and Good Words, and being a regular artist on the Strand Magazine, where among other work he illustrated fiction by E. Nesbit.
Millar also illustrated books, typically fairy stories, in the 1890s, 1900s and later. To my mind, his fairy illustrations are his best, but he also did competent topographical pictures. However, some of his work is feeble in the extreme.
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