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Leighton, Frederic PRA (Lord)

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The academic painter Frederick Leighton was born at Scarborough in 1830. He was schooled in art in Rome and elsewhere in Europe. The most famous of his paintings, purchased by Queen Victoria, was ‘Cimabue’s Madonna Carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence.’ He also painted a number of scenes from the plays of Shakespeare. He became a popular President of the Royal Academy in 1878. His opulent home in Kensington is now a museum. Leighton was elected to the Garrick Club on 8 June 1864. He died on 25 January 1896.
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