John Adams-Acton was born John Adams [1] at Acton Hall in Middlesex, England on 11 December 1830 and was the son of the artist William Adams (1778?–1836). He received his initial training as an artist with the sculptors Timothy Butler and Matthew Noble, before, in 1853, entering the Royal Academy Schools in London where he studied until 1858. In 1855 he was awarded a Gold Medal for his sculpture Eve Supplicating Forgiveness at the Feet of Adam. In 1858 he won the RA travelling scholarship and subsequently went to Rome where lived until 1865 when he returned to England. Adams-Acton exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy in London from 1854 to 1892. He also exhibited at Suffolk Street Gallery (later Royal Society of British Artists) in London; and at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

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

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