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Samuel Manning II (1815–1865)

He was the son of Samuel Manning I (1786–1842), pupil and collaborator of John Bacon II (1777–1859). He trained in Bacon’s studio. In 1834 he won the Gold Medal of the Society of Arts for his statue of Prometheus Chained (illustrated in Art Union, August 1847, p. 284), which was acclaimed as a work showing great promise. The Prometheus was later exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, but Manning failed to live up to its promise, his production consisting largely of portrait busts and routine church monuments. In 1849, he carried out in marble a statue modelled by his father, of John Wesley. The marble statue stands today on the upper landing of the Central Methodist Hall, Westminster; in 1988, a bronze replica was erected in St Paul’s Churchyard.

Bibliography: E. Hardy, ‘Manning, Samuel, the elder’, ODNB, 2004; I. Roscoe et al, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660–1851, New Haven and London, 2009, pp. 796–97; P. Ward-Jackson, Public Sculpture of the City of London, Liverpool, 2003, pp. 381–83.

Philip Ward-Jackson, 2003; revised Terry Cavanagh, May 2024