Joseph William Swynnerton was born in Douglas, Isle of Man [1] on 6 July 1848 and was the son of Charles Swinnerton (1813-1907), a stonemason and stone carver. After training with his father, he furthered his artistic knowledge by visiting Edinburgh and Rome where he studied at the art schools and was awarded several medals for ability and proficiency in sculpture. While in Rome he met and subsequently married the artist Anna Louisa Robinson (1844-1933) later to become better known as Anna Louisa Swynnerton. Swynnerton spent much of his time working on commissions, arguably the most well-known of which was a 20ft. sculpture of Queen Victoria. It was presented to the town of Southend-on-Sea in 1897 on the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and busts of bust of T.

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

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