Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Sculptor, for whom see W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 357, Oxford DNB, DIB and Paula Murphy , Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 105-126. John Henry Foley, who was born in Dublin and entered the Royal Dublin Society's schools at the age of thirteen, left Ireland in 1834 for London, where he remained until his death in 1874. He bequeathed his models to the Royal Dublin Society.(1)

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(1) See IB 25, 1 Jan 1883, 15; 70, 22 Dec 1928, ?.


17 work entries listed in chronological order for FOLEY, JOHN HENRY *


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, TRINITY COLLEGE, WEST FRONT
Date: 1861
Nature: Statue of Oliver Goldsmith by main gate, electro cast by Elkington & Co., London.
Refs: John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 112;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 116(illus.).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, LISBURN, CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL (CI, BLARIS & LISNAGARVEY PARISHES)
Date: 1861
Nature: Monument to Brig. General John Nicholson, showing the Cashmere Bastion, Delhi.
Refs: Model of Cashmere Bastion exh. RA 1861, no. 1058; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 363; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 110

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, PATRICK STREET, FATHER MATHEW STATUE
Date: 1863-64
Nature: Full length bronze statue of Mathew. Cast by Prince, Soutwark. Unveiled 10 Oct 1864.
Refs: DB 5, 15 Jan 1863, 10; 6, 1 Oct 1864, 201; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 363; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 112; Holly Bough (1960), 38;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture: Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), Fig. 211.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, O'CONNELL MONUMENT
Date: 1865
Nature: FS laid  8 Aug 1865.  JHF invited to design same, Oct 1865, but not completed at the time of his death in 1875. Unveiled Aug 1882 and completed after unveiling by JHF's assistant Thomas Brock, 1883.
Refs: B 29, 19 Aug 1871, 649; 41, 10 Dec 1881, 743; 43, 19 Aug 1882, 253; IB 17, 15 Feb,1 Mar 1875, ?, ?; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 363; Paula Murphy, 'The O'Connell monument in Dublin. The political and artistic context of a public sculpture', Apollo 143 (Mar, 1996), 22-26; Paula Murphy, 'John Henry Foley's O'Connell Monument', Irish Arts Review 2 (1995), 155-6; Homan Potterton, The O'Connell Monument (Cork: Gatherum Series, No. 3, 1973); John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 113; Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 219;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 118, 190-204(illus.);  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 219, Pl.80.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KILDARE STREET, NO. 006 (ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS)
Date: 1866
Nature: Statue of Sir Henry Marsh, unveiled 7 Nov 1866.
Refs: DB 3, 15 Dec 1861, ?; DB 4, 1 Jan 1862, 8; B 24, 24 Nov 1866, 872; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 363; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 112

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, TRINITY COLLEGE, WILLIAM ROWAN HAMILTON STATUE
Date: 1867
Nature: Based on cast made by Thomas Kirk.
Refs: John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 113

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, TRINITY COLLEGE, WEST FRONT
Date: 1868
Nature: Statue of Edmund Burke in front of West Front of Trinity College, erected 1868. Electro cast by Elkington & Co., London.
Refs: W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 361; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 113;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 116(illus.)

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LEINSTER LAWN, PRINCE ALBERT STATUE
Date: 1868
Nature: Bronze.
Refs: DB 6, 15 Feb 1864, 26; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 361; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 113;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 122. Figs. 168-170,232-3.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KILDARE STREET, NO. 006 (ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS)
Date: 1869
Nature: Marble statue of Sir Dominic Corrigan, unveiled 3 Jun 1869.
Refs: W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 361; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 114

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, CARLISLE STATUE
Date: 1870
Nature: Bronze statue of 7th Earl of Carlisle in People's Garden. (Blown up, 1958, and now (2009) in grounds of Castle Howard, Yorkshire.)
Refs: W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 361; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 114;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 117,227-8,238, Figs. 163,307.

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, MAY STREET, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1872
Nature: Dr Cooke memorial. Portrait medallion supplied by Foley, monument designed by John Boyd.
Refs: John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 111

Building: CO. GALWAY, GALWAY, EYRE SQUARE, DUNKELLIN STATUE
Date: 1873
Nature: Bronze statue of Ulick, Lord Dunkellin, M.P.. Commissioned, 1871; unveiled Sep 1873.
Refs: IB 13, 15 Aug 1873, 259; 15, 1 Oct 1873, 259; B 31, 27 Sep 1873, 773; Building News 25, 26 Sep 1873, 356; Architect 10, 27 Sep 1873, 166; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 361; IB 64, 26 Aug 1922, 585;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture: Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 243, Fig.323.
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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PATRICK STREET, ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL (CI)
Date: 1873
Nature: Bronze statue of Benjamin Lee Guinness in precinct on S side of cathedral. Plinth by Sibthorpe and Son, Cork Hill.
Refs: Design exh. RA 1875, no. 1305; B 33, 4 Sep 1875, 804; IB 18, 15 Dec 1876, 365;  Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette,17, no. 196, 21 Sep 1875, 211;  W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 362; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 114;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 117-118(illus.).

Building: CO. OFFALY, BIRR, JOHN'S MALL, ROSSE STATUE
Date: 1874
Nature: Statue of William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse. Unveiled 21 Mar 1876.
Refs: IB 15, 115 Dec 1873, ?; 18, 15 Mar,1 Apr 1876, 83,87; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 363; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 115;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture: Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 243,Fig.324.
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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, COLLEGE GREEN, GRATTAN STATUE
Date: 1875
Nature: Statue of Henry Grattan.  Shipped from London, Nov 1875: 'Mr Browne, a skilful assistant from Mr Foley's studio accompanies the statue and Mr D.[T.?] Murphy, architect, will have charge of the Dublin arrangements'..  Unveiled 6 Jan 1876.
Refs: Tuam Herald, 13 Nov,4 Dec 1875; B 33, 23 Jan 1875, 80; 34, 15 Jan 1876, 62; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 362; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 114;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 117(illus.),230-231.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, PHOENIX PARK, GOUGH STATUE
Date: 1875-80
Nature: Bronze statue of Hugh, 1st Viscount Gough. Cast from metal of guns taken during Sikh campaign. Finished after Foley's death by Mssrs. Brock, Birch and Dewick. Unveiled 21 Feb 1880. (Blown up in 1956 and 1957, and sold in 1986 to Chillingham Estate, Northumberland.)
Refs: IB 17, 15 Mar 1875, ?; B 37, 9 Aug 1879, 900; 38, 28 Feb 1880, 264; Architect 13, 13 Mar 1875, 166; B 37, 9 Aug 1879, 900; 38, 28 Feb 1880, 264; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 362; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 114-115;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press:  New Haven & London, 2010), 10-11, 115,231-232,238, Figs.7,318.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KILDARE STREET, NO. 006 (ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS)
Date: ?
Nature: Statue of William Stokes in hall. Unveiled March 16, 1876.
Refs: IB 18, 15 Mar,1 Apr 1876, 83,90; W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 363; John Turpin, 'Catalogue of the sculpture of J.H. Foley', Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 115

Author Title Date Details
Atkinson, Sarah 'John Henry Foley, RA' 1881 Irish Monthly 9 (1881), 165-78, 321-35.
Monkhouse, William Cosmo Works of J.H. Foley 1875 London: Virtue, Spalding & Co., 1975.
Read, Benedict 'John Henry Foley' 1974 The Connoisseur 186 (Aug 1974), 262-271.
Turpin, John 'Catalogue of the sculpture of John Henry Foley' 1979 Dublin Historical Record 32 (Jun 1979), 108-116.
Turpin, John 'The career and achievement of John Henry Foley, Sculptor' 1979 Dublin Historical Record 32 (Mar 1979), 42-53.