John Bell (sculptor)
Bell moved from Suffolk to London to attend the Royal Academy Schools in 1829. His Babes in the Wood was exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1839. Marble versions are held at Osborne House, and Norwich Castle.
In 1844 he entered his Eagle Slayer and Jane Shore in the competition held for sculpture for the new Houses of Parliament. A cast-iron version of the Eagle Slayer was produced for The Great Exhibition of 1851, where it stood under a canopy surmounted by the eagle. This version is now in the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.
Una and the Lion, inspired by Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene was also exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and reproduced in miniature in parian ware by Mintons. The full scale model was placed in the Crystal Palace which burned down in 1936.
For the Albert Memorial he created the group representing America.
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- "Drawings for Sculpture of 'America'". Paintings & Drawings. Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 2011-04-03.