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1860

Frederic Leighton moves to London.

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1860

October 5

on Friday

9 months, 8 days later

Frederic Leighton enrols with the first group to join the 38th Middlesex (Artists) Rifle volunteers (later to be known as The Artists Rifles).

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The moon was waning gibbous that night.

1860

December 12

on Wednesday

2 months, 8 days later

Frederic Leighton writes to his mother: "though Ruskin stayed about three hours and was altogether very pleasant, he did not say anything that I could quote about my paintings. He was immensely struck by my drawing of a lemon-tree, and was generally complementary, or rather, respectful, that is more his genre." ('Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton', p55-6)

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The moon was a new moon that night.

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John Ruskin (1819-1900), aged 41: poet; draughtstman; art critic

1861

20 days later

Frederic Leighton designs Elizabeth Barrett Browning's tomb for Robert Browning in the English Cemetery, Florence.

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1864

3 years later

Frederic Leighton purchases a plot of land near Holland Park and begins work on his house.

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1864

Frederic Leighton becomes an Associate of the Royal Academy.

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1867

3 years, 1 day later

Uffizi acquires The Annunciation and ascribes it to Domenico Ghirlandaio.

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1868

1 year later

Frederic Leighton makes a further visit to Egypt, followed by a tour of the country in the company of Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805-1894) the originator, and the prime mover in the construction of the Suez Canal.

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1868

Frederic Leightonbecomes a Royal Academy Academician.

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1869

1 year, 1 day later

Karl Eduard von Liphart attributes The Annunciation to the youthful Leonardo da Vinci, an attribution which has since not been overturned.

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1869

Frederic Leighton is promoted to Major in The Artist's Rifles.

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1869

January 6

on Wednesday

5 days later

Captain Leighton is elected to command The Artists Rifles by a general meeting of the Corps.

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The moon was in the last quarter that night.

1870

12 months later

During the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) the Mona Lisa is moved from the Louvre to the Brest Arsenal.

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