George Gammon Adams
George Gammon Adams (1821–1898; sometimes spelled George Gamon Adams or George Cannon Adams) was an English portrait sculptor and medallist, noted for his statue of General Charles Napier in Trafalgar Square.
Adams was born on 21 April 1821, in Staines, Middlesex, the son of an upholsterer. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1840 on the recommendation of the medallist William Wyon. He won a silver medal at the Academy in the same year.He was also taught to model and cut medals and coin dies by Benedetto Pistrucci.
He exhibited several works at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and was one of the three artists whose designs were used on the medals awarded to exhibitors. In the following year he was given the honour of making the death mask of the Duke of Wellington. Over the next two decades he produced busts of notable people and other public monuments.
Adams' style has been judged as severe and unsentimental. His 1856 statue of Napier in Trafalgar Square was the subject of unusually wide critical condemnation. The Art Journal wrote, "the slightest attention to natural form and movement is all that is necessary for the condemnation of the statue of Gen Napier, in Trafalgar Sq, as perhaps the worst piece of sculpture in England. The moral and relative worthlessness of the work exceeds tenfold its formal imperfection."
- "An Ancient Briton" at Westminster Hall, 1844
- General Sir Charles Napier, erected on the south-west plinth in Trafalgar Square, 1856
- General Sir Charles Napier for St Paul's Cathedral
- Richard Cobden for Stockport
- Baron Seaton at Devonport
- Hugh Boyd M‘Neile, Dean of Ripon for St George's Hall, Liverpool
- Sir John Colbourne in Upper Canada College,Toronto
- The Good Shepherd for Saint Stephen's Hall, Palace of Westminster
- Duke of Wellington for Norwich
- Duke of Wellington, purchased by Queen Victoria, 1853
- Prince George, Duke of Cambridge
- The Prince Consort
- Lord Brougham
- Lord Palmerston
- Sir Henry Havelock
- Sir Charles Napier
- Lord Seaton
- Sir Harry Smith
- Melpomene, 1841
- Jurors’ Medal for The Great Exhibition of 1851, prize of £100
- Medal presented to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the opening of The Crystal Palace in Sydenham
- Medal for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
- Funeral medal of the Duke of Wellington
- The Opening of Blackfriars Bridge and Holborn Valley Viaduct
- Visit of King George I of the Hellenes to the City of London
- Albert Victor Receives Freedom
- Marriage of the Duke and Duchess of York
- Other sculpture
- "The Contest between the Minstrel and the Nightingale", sculpture submitted for a competition for the new Palace of Westminster, 1845
- "The Murder of the Innocents", winner of RA Gold Medal, 1847
- "The Combat of Centaurs and Lapithae" and "Figure with a Torch", shown at the Great Exhibition
- The death mask of the Duke of Wellington, 1852
- Morris Singer commissions 1844 to 1900, Zahra Modern Art Foundries
- George Gammon Adams, brief biography and list of works at the National Portrait Gallery (London)
- "George Gammon Adams', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951". online database. University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
- George Gammon Adams, London Atelier of Representational Art
- Hobhouse, Hermione (2004). The Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 46. ISBN 0-8264-7841-7. Retrieved 24 August 2011.