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John Adams-Acton

(1830-1910), Sculptor

Artist of 4 portraits
The sculptor John Adams-Acton was born John Adams, but in 1869 added the suffix Acton, the site of his birth, to avoid confusion with a well-known painter of the same name. He attended the Royal Academy Schools, and in 1858 won the Royal Academy's travelling studentship. He went to Rome, where he studied under sculptor John Gibson. Through Gibson, many distinguished visitors to Rome had their portraits taken by Adams, and by the time he returned to Britain in 1865 he had established a reputation as a talented portrait sculptor. He exhibited from the 1850s at the Royal Academy, for the next forty years showing a succession of busts, portrait medallions and full statues of eminent Victorians.

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Henry Edward Manning, by John Adams-Acton - NPG 1589

Henry Edward Manning

by John Adams-Acton
plaster cast of bust, circa 1884
NPG 1589

Sir Edward Frankland, by John Adams-Acton - NPG 4017

Sir Edward Frankland

by John Adams-Acton
plaster medallion, circa 1896
NPG 4017



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