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1) Frederic Leighton, born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England on December 3, 1830 to January 25, 1896 (age 65), was a British painter, draughtsman, and sculptor.
2) His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter in an academic style. His paintings were enormously popular, and expensive, during his lifetime.
3) He received his artistic training on the European continent, first from Eduard von Steinle and then from Giovanni Costa. When he was 24, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.
4) From 1855 to 1859 he lived in Paris, where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet. In 1860, he moved to London, where he associated with the Pre-Raphaelites.
5) His paintings represented Britain at the great 1900 Paris Exhibition. Leighton was knighted at Windsor in 1878, and was created a baronet. He was the first painter to be given a peerage.
6) He was awarded eight honors: 1864, 1868, three in 1878, 1886, 1889, and 1896. From becoming the Associate of the Royal Academy to President, he also created a baron in the Peerage of the UK.
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