Famous People Who Died on December 29
St Thomas Becket
Painter / 1748 - 1825
Jacques-Louis David was a 19th century painter who is considered to be the principal proponent of the Neoclassical style, which moved art briskly away from the previous Rococo period. His most famous works include "The Death of Marat" and "Napoleon Crossing the Alps."
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profile name: Rasputin profile occupation: Religious Leader
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profile name: St Thomas Becket profile occupation: Archbishop, Saint
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profile name: Jacques-Louis David profile occupation: Painter
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profile name: Kelly Miller profile occupation: Mathematician, Scientist
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profile name: Christina Rossetti profile occupation: Poet
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profile name: Fletcher Henderson profile occupation: Songwriter, Pianist
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