'John Gore', William Spence

This monument is described below.

Accession number WAG9844

William Spence was a near contemporary of John Gibson, with whom he worked at Messrs. Franceys. Spence went on to become a partner in the firm, and though he stayed in Liverpool he was able to send his son Benjamin (1822-66) to study and practise as a sculptor in Rome, following in Gibson’s footsteps.

The John Gore commemorated here was the grandson of another John Gore, founder of the Liverpool newspaper ‘Gore’s Advertiser’, first issued in 1765, and publisher of the first Liverpool Directory in 1766. The monument represents a maiden grieving at an urn. Gore’s name is inscribed on the pedestal and an inverted torch leans against it.