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.
Ludvig Peter Fenger was born on 7 July 1833 in the village of Slots Bjergby outside Slagelse as the son of the local pastor. After graduating from Slagelse Latin School he attended the Royal Danish Academy, in the same time working for architects such as Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll, Christian Hansen and Ferdinand Meldahl. He received the Academy's Large Gold Medal in 1866 and went on several journeys abroad from 1867 to 1869. He participated in the Second Schleswig War against Germany, was wounded and became a prisoner of war.
In 1871 Fenger became a member of the Academy and in 1880 he was made a professor. From 1886 he was a corresponding member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
In 1885 he entered local politics when he became a member of the Borgerrerpæsentationen in Copenhagen, a post he left when he was appointed City Architect the following year.
Among his works are several churches, the Central Fire Station and Vestre Prison in Copenhagen. He also directed the renovations of Church of Holmen and Christian IV's Stock Exchange.
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).