John Henry Foley was born in Dublin, Ireland on 24 May 1818. In 1831, at the age of thirteen, he entered the art school of the Royal Dublin Society where he studied modelling and drawing until 1834. In 1835 he moved to London to continue his training as an artist at the Royal Academy Schools. He also worked as a studio assistant to the sculptor William Behnes (1795-1864) until 1838. By the mid-1840s he had established a career as a portrait sculptor, much in demand. In c.1848 he set up his own studio at 19 Osnaburgh Street, Euston, London He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in London in 1839 and continued to do so regularly until 1875, the year after his death. He also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin from 1841 to 1863, and at the British Institution in London.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet)

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