John Adams-Acton was a sculptor. He married Jeanie Hering, adopted daughter of George Hering, in 1874.
Adams-Acton studied at the Royal Academy Schools and later in Rome for ten years under John Gibson. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1851-1892. He came into contact with JW when the latter was President of the Society of British Artists.
His public works include a statue of Gladstone in Blackburn and a bust of him in Liverpool, the monument to Bishop Waldegrave in Carlisle Cathedral, the memorial to George Cruikshank in St Paul's Cathedral, the monument to the Wesley brothers in Westminster Abbey, the statue of John Wesley outside the City Road Chapel in London, and the effigy of Cardinal Manning in Westminster Cathedral. One of his last works was a design for a memorial to Queen Victoria.
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