John Francis (sculptor)
John Francis (3 September 1780 – 30 August 1861) was an English sculptor.
Francis was born in Lincolnshire, and was intended to go into farming. He settled in London, where he became a pupil of Samuel Joseph and Francis Leggatt Chantrey. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1820 a bust of Thomas William Coke, and another of Captain Sir W. Bolton, R.N. At this period his residence was at Thornham, Norfolk. In 1822, when he sent to the Academy a bust of Horatia Nelson, he was living at 2 New Norfolk Street, Park Lane.
In 1844 he executed by command of Queen Victoria a marble bust of Albert, Prince Consort; this followed a commission a few years earlier for a bust of the Queen, which went to the hall of the Reform Club. About this period Francis moved to 56 Albany Street, Regent's Park.
Among his other works were:
- busts of the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk (1844);
- bust in bronze of the Duke of Sussex (1847);
- marble bust of Lord John Russell, which went to the National Portrait Gallery (1848);
- a bronze medal of Eos, a favourite greyhound of Prince Albert (1848);
- marble bust of the Hon. Edward Petre (1848);
- four busts, in marble, of various members of the Eaton family (1851);
- posthumous bust of the Earl of Carlisle (1852);
- bust of the Duke of Wellington, which went to the National Portrait Gallery (1852);
- posthumous bust of the Hon. and Rev. James Norton (1854);
- bust of Vice-admiral Sir Charles Napier (1855);
- cabinet bust of the Right Hon. Earl of Aberdeen (1856).
- "Francis, John (1780-1861)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- "Archival material relating to John Francis". UK National Archives.
- Works by John Francis at the National Portrait Gallery, London