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John Warrington Wood (1839-1886)

John Warrington Wood was born in Warrington, not far from Liverpool. He was apprenticed to a stone-mason and studied at Warrington School of Art, where he gained local medals in 1858 and 1861, as well as the National Medallion in 1862 and a prize studentship in 1863. Through his heightened fame he added the middle name 'Warrington' to distinguish him from other artists of the same name.

He went on to study and work in Rome, where he created the pieces for the exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in the 1870s. During this period, 1868 to 1884, he also exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was an adjudicator in the selection of sculptors for the panels on St George's Hall, Liverpool, 1882. He died on 26 December 1886 during a trip to Warrington.