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Frederic Leighton, or Sir Frederic (1st Baron) Leighton as he came to be officially recognized, was an English sculptor and painter from the mid 19th century. Frederic Leighton was born in the city of Scarborough, in England on the 3rd of December 1830. His father made a moderate living as a tradesman who dealt with small scale import and exports of local items. The young Frederic spent his early years in Scarborough and by the time he was a youth, he had enrolled at the University College School in London.
Frederic had always expressed a passion for the arts and received much of his artistic training from Eduard von Steinle, and Giovanni Coasta; both being on the European subcontinent. Frederic Leighton also traveled to Florence when he was 24 years old, there he enrolled at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti where he was entrusted with painting Cimabue Madonna’s procession as it passed through the Borgo Allegri.
The young Leighton spent the next few years of his life in Paris where he met other notable artists of his era including Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Eugene Delacroix, Jean Francois Millet, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. By 1860, Leighton had moved to London where he came to associate himself with the Pre-Raphaelites. It was during this time that he also designed the tomb of Elizabeth Barrett Browning for Robert Browning at the English Cemetery in Florence, 1861.