Paul Jacques Aimé Baudry
painter; b. November 7, 1828; d. January 17, 1886.
Baudry entered the École des Beaux Arts, April 16, 1845, and won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1850. His greatest achievement was the decoration of the foyer of the Grand Opera in Paris, built by his friend, Charles Gamier, for which the commission was given in January, 1866. This work was interrupted by the war of 1870-1871, but the entire series of thirty-four compositions was exhibited at the École des Beaux Arts in 1874. His ceiling, "The Glorification of Law," at the Cour de Cassation, won for him the Médaille d'honneur in the Salon of 1881. Baudry painted two ceilings for the Vanderbilt houses in New York.
Frederick Leighton [Lord]
painter and sculptor; b. December 3, 1830; d. January 25, 1890.
Leighton went to Rome as a boy of fourteen. His principal teacher was Steinle, of Frankfort, Germany. He was elected academician in 1869, and president of the Royal Academy in 1878. Lord Leighton's work as a mural painter is represented by The Arts of War (1872) and The Arts of Peace (1873) in the South Kensington Museum, the decoration of a music room in New York City, the frescoes of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in the church at Lyndhurst, England, 1866, and other works. About 1882-1883 he collaborated with Professor Poynter in designing a scheme of decoration for the dome of S. Paul's cathedral. As a sculptor Lord Leighton is best known by his Athlete struggling with a Python (1877) and the Sluggard (1896).