John Edward Jones, Sculptor

(b. 1806, d. 1862)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Dublin on 2nd May, 1806, the son of the miniature painter Edward Jones (q.v.). He was trained as an engineer under Alexander Nimmo, and was engaged with him in many important works in Ireland, including the building of the bridge at Waterford between 1829 and 1832, of which he had charge. He also followed his profession in London. A taste and aptitude for sculpture induced him, about 1840, to relinquish his prospects as an engineer, and he commenced practice in London as a sculptor. He achieved considerable success, especially in portrait busts, and was employed by many notable persons of the time. He first exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1844, and continued to do so until his death. He executed a considerable number of busts of Irish personages, and paid occasional visits to Dublin where he contributed to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1847, 1852, 1853 and 1854. A full-length statue by him of Sir Robert Ferguson was erected in Londonderry in 1862. A series of drawings of scenery between Dublin and Drogheda was engraved by E. Radcliffe for D'Alton's "History of Drogheda," 1863, Vol. I. Jones died at Finglas, near Dublin, while on a visit, on 25th July, 1862, aged 56. He is described as in wit, humour and vivacity a thorough Irishman. Among his numerous busts are representations of the following personages connected with Ireland:

William Anketell. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Michael Balfe. R.A., 1846. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Sir Matthew Barrington. Dublin Ex., 1853.

S. Bateson. R.A., 1859.

Thomas Bateson. R.A., 1861.

Sir William Betham. [Office of Arms, Dublin Castle.] R.A., 1846. Dublin Ex., 1853.

G. W. F., 7th Earl of Carlisle, Lord Lieutenant. Belonged to W. Dargan. [Earl of Bessborough.]

Colonel Caulfield. R.A., 1858.

Ulick J., 14th Earl of Clanricarde. R.A., 1851.

G. W. F., 4th Earl of Clarendon, K.G., Lord Lieutenant. R.A., 1852; R.H.A., 1852; belonged to W. Dargan. [Earl of Bessborough.]

W. F. Cogan, M.P. R.H.A., 1853.

Mrs. Cogan. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Surgeon Cusack. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Rev. Peter Daly. Dublin Ex., 1853.

William Dargan. Given to W. Dargan by Queen Victoria. [National Gallery of Ireland.]

Mrs. Dargan. Dublin Ex., 1853; belonged to W. Dargan.

Sir Thomas Deane. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Elizabeth Countess of Desart. R.A., 1862.

Arthur, 4th Marquess of Downshire, K.P. R.A., 1859.

Earl of Eglinton, Lord Lieutenant. R.A., 1853. [Earl of Bessborough.] Another, 1854.

Countess of Eglinton. Dublin Ex., 1853. [Earl of Bessborough.] Another, R.A., 1854.

Sir Robert Ferguson, M.P. Statue, erected in Londonderry in 1862.

James Ferrier, Dublin. R.A., 1844.

Miss Gernon. Dublin Ex., 1853.

General Viscount Gough. R.H.A., 1854.

General Viscount Gough. R.A., 1857.

Colley Grattan. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Arthur L. Guinness. R.H.A., 1852.

Sir William Hackett, Mayor of Cork. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Rev. Dr. Henry, President, Queen's College, Belfast. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Sir Robert Kane, Dublin Ex., 1853.

William Keogh, Attorney-General. R.A., 1855.

S. Kincaid. R.A., 1862.

Charles Lever. Dublin Ex., 1853.

George, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. R.A., 1862.

Dr. Lyons, of Cork. Dublin Ex., 1853.

J. M'Glashan. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Dr. McNeill, Professor of Engineering, T.C.D. R.A., 1844.

Rev. Hugh McNeill. R.A., 1844.

Lady McNeill. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Sir William Magnay, Lord Mayor of London. Done in 1844.

Pierce Mahony. R.A., 1846; R.H.A., 1853.

Sir Henry Marsh. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Sir Richard Morrison. R.A., 1849; Dublin Ex., 1853.

Alexander Nimmo, C.E. Bust. [Royal Dublin Society.]

Daniel O'Connell. R.A., 1844.

Daniel O'Connell. Miniature bust. [National Gallery of Ireland.]

Sir Robert Peel, Bart. Bronze bust. [Birmingham Gallery.]

George Petrie, P.R.H.A. R.H.A., 1853.

George Roe, Lord Mayor of Dublin. R.A., 1844; Dublin Ex., 1853.

Henry R., 3rd Lord Rossmore. R.A., 1845; Dublin Ex., 1853.

William Henry Russell. R.A., 1858.

Surgeon Rynd. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Rev. Dr. W. D. Sadleir, F.T.C.D. Dublin Ex., 1853. [Rev. F. Sadleir, 9 Gardiner's Place.]

Earl of St. Germains, Lord Lieutenant. Dublin Ex., 1853; belonged to W. Dargan. [Earl of Bessborough.]

Lord Talbot de Malahide. R.A., 1844.

Queen Victoria. R.A., 1854; executed by command of the Queen for presentation to W. Dargan.

Dr. Waller. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Hon. Lewis Wingfield. R.A., 1854. [Viscount Powerscourt.]

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