Excerpt from St. Nicholas, Vol. 23: An Illustrated Magazine for Young Folks; Part I, November, 1895, to April, 1896
His parents were people in very moderate circumstances, the father being a goldsmith by the name of Gerome, and the little boy was christened jean-leon. As the child grew up he developed into a bright, quick, active boy; and at no little sacrifice, for money was not plenty in his home, he was sent to a good school and afterward to college, from which he graduated at the age of Sixteen years. With no social position and without friends in high places to help him, this boy nevertheless came to be one of the most famous men of his time, and to-day he is honored, famous, prosperous, and rich. He has more medals and decorations than he could ever conveniently wear, and wherever people talk about pictures his name is known as that of one of the greatest of modern artists.
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