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Clever clogs although slightly out on the actual location.


It is indeed in Waton Hall but not in the entrance hall.


It's inlaid into the wall above a large fireplace in one of the downstairs rooms. Its the room that at one time used to be the large cafe at the park with it's doors still leading out to the grassed area near the bandstand.


Here's the full image although I couldn't get it straight on as it was too high. No idea what it is carved from but looked like a type of marble or something,, very white and smooth.




and here is the fireplace that it stands above.




PS can anyone read what the engraved inscription says? It says "J Warrington Wood" but I can't make out the other bit then it looks like "1871" but like I say it was to high to read by eye so just had to hold my camera up.



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:oops: I thought you were being cheeky and refering to Diana T from the council until I googled :lol:


Though it would be hard as with the Hall closed to the public most of the time mose people probably haven;t seen it... but Wolfie used his brain cell and thought about it and my previous posts.. DAMN !! 8)

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Ahh the sculpture 'J Warrington Wood' was from Warrington although this piece doesn't seem to be mentioned in this info about him, maybe it was one from the museum and was placed in the walls of the Hall at some stage or maybe the Greehall family commissioned it themselves when they lived there? I want to know how and when it got there now :unsure:


"John Warrington Wood (1839-1886)


John Warrington Wood was a sculptor specialising in religious groups and portrait busts. He also produced a variety of white marble girls, and overall, his work is perhaps a little sweet for modern taste.


He trained as an artisan, and was noticed as a potential sculptor by chance when he produced a design in stone for a bank in Warrington (England), his home town, after the workman responsible failed to appear.


He enrolled at the School of Art in Warrington and achieved early success with his work Spring in 1862.


His style became fully developed in Italy, where he established himself not long afterwards, before he reached the age of 30. He visited England regularly thereafter, but Italy was his home for most of the rest of his life.


He did however send many works back to England, exhibiting at the Royal Academy through until 1875. In 1871 he exhibited an Eve in South Kensington, which was unsold.


However, a group of citizens of his home town of Warrington were impressed and proud enough to commission him to produce works to the value of 1000 pounds. The chief outcome of this was his statue St Michael Overcoming Satan (1874/7), made from a huge block of marble known as the 'Pearl of Carrara', which required great effort to transport back to Warrington from Rome.


Warrington Wood enjoyed great public recognition, with perhaps his best-known works being the statues of Raphael and Michaelangelo placed at the entrance to the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He was popular in Italy also, and was made a member of the Guild of St Luke, though he was too detached from England to become a member of the Royal Academy. His success lead him to purchase a huge villa in Rome, the Villa Campana, which he was able to buy after the Marchese Giovanni Pietro Campana, a wealthy art collector, had lost all his money on an ill-fated venture to produce fake marble. A visit to Warrington Wood there became a natural part of a visit to Rome, and notably Luke Fildes and Alma Tadema were among his companions.


Various of Warrington Wood's works, most especially the huge St Michael Overcoming Saturn - in which St Michael seems curiously effete compared to the contorted classical figure of Saturn - are at the museum and art gallery in Warrington. Two further statues are in Bath, and portrait sculpture may be seen at Manchester Town Hall. We should also note the allegorical figure of 'Liverpool' - a girl with sphinx - on the summit of the Walker Art Gallery"..... taken from here http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/speel/sculpt/jwwood.htm

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I managed to find another one that I hadn't resized that is higher resolution so better and I've zoomed in and cropped the inscription on it.


Think you are almost right though Wolfie as it does say Roma and 1871. Perhaps becuase he went on to live and work in Rome. Nice one :wink:


I still couldn't figure out the other word though but you suggested "Jculp" which gave my eyes a clue and maybe it actually says "Sculp" ie short for Sculpture®.


Thanks :D


Here's my zoomed in one so perhaps you can have a better look at this one. Click to enlarge then zoom.




What do you recon?

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There is a marble bust in the British Museum "Carrara marble portrait bust of Lady Mary Enid Layard (1844-1912) by John 'Warrington' Wood (1839-1886)" and the inscription on that reads 'J.Warrington Wood/ Sculpt. Roma 1881'. [


i]We woz right Evils[/i]


see here for the details of that work



His biogoraphy shows



Born in Warrington, and trained as a stonemason, attending art school in the evening. He first exhibited in 1862 and a few years later went to Italy, where he was influenced by John Gibson (qv). In 1871 he had a studio in Rome, purchasing the Villa Campana, near St John Lateran in 1874. Elected to the Accademia San Luca, Rome in 1877. He died on a visit to his home town and is buried in Warrington.


It would be 'nice' if there was a plaque with info next to his impressive sculpture that is inlaid in the wall of Walton Hall so that people could read about this once 'local' chaps life and works.


Hint hint WBC / Friends of Walton Hall


I wonder where he is buried ?

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I did laugh in my first reply to you :lol: but I seem to have suddenly lost my sense of humour !! :?


I was nearly finished time typing my reply and my bloody computer just decided to close down ALL my internet page connections and all documents and programs I had open as Windows wanted to update itself but THEN asked me if it could !!!!!


I'm really annoyed now as I lost all my open links, open ansecstry files, parish registers plus all the images and other what I was posting on here for info about our Local 'John Warrington Wood'..


Rant over.. so in brief and no where near as informative as the first post I was typing as I cant be bothered to re=type it all properly again now :?:evil:


Before I forget… he is supposed to have been buried in Warrington Cemetry but as yet I can’t find any burial record on any of the parish records or the councils burial register. Infact none of the info I have found about comes from anywhere 'local'.


Seems others take more interest in him, his life and his works that his home town historians !!


Anyway….heres my brain notes


John 'Warrington' Wood was born in Warrington in 1839 and was the son of James Wood, Warrington towns deputy surveyor.

(I mean the town of Warrington and not the footy club with the same name). His mother was Charlotte Wood.


Named at birth as John Wood he adopted the surname 'Warringon' Wood in around 1865 so as to distinguish himself from others artists of similar name name.


The 1851 census shows him aged 11 (scholar) living with his family in Lovely Lane, Warrington. At this time his father was a stonemason.


The 1861 census shows him aged 21 working as s stonemason and living with his family at 10 Legh Street, Warrington. His fathers occupation had changed by this time and although rather illegible on the census records looks to include the word 'fire' in it.


The 1871 census then shows his father as a 'Surveyor of the Roads' living at 46 Bridge Street... John WW is not shown so presumably he was out or had moved to Rome by then.


James Wood (his father) died in 1880 and Charlotte (his mother) is shown as living in Southport with his older sister Mary and her husband 1891. Irrelevant but stuck in my mind.. sorry.


Anyway…. John ‘Warrington’ Wood’s father James had also been a stonemason prior to becoming the Deputy Surveyor and he wanted his son to study Law but JWW went against his father’s wishes and was apprenticed to a stonemason and studied at the Warrington School of Art in the evenings where he gained local medals in 1858 and 1861, as well as the National Medallion in 1862 and a prize studentship in 1863.


His first works were exhibited in 1862 and a few years later he went to study and live in Rome/Italy, where he was influenced by John Gibson and he established a highly successful practice of his own, chiefly creating portrait busts and works on sacred themes. Through his hard work and recognition he was able to buy the Villa Campana, near the church of San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome where he operated an open house policy to visitors and other artists. J W Wood also paid regular visits to London and his house in Sloane Street.


In 1877 he was elected to the Guild of St Luke in Rome, a singular honour for a foreign artist apparently.


John Warrington Wood died suddenly in 1886 on a visit back to Warrington from his home and studio in Rome. His death was due to complications of a heart condition he had and he died at his apartments in the Lion Hotel in Bridge Street, Warrington aged 47.


As already mentioned he also had a home on Sloane Street, Middlesex (London) which he often visited and his probate record from 7 December 1887 shows that his personal estate of £386 5s 11d was left to his ‘Widow the Relict’ named as ‘Anne Lillias Warrington Wood’ of the address 78 Sloane-street in the county of Middlesex. The transcript of the probate record is incorrect though as it names him as ‘Jon’ and dying in Italy. My info was from a the original rather than the ancestry transcript




His pieces some of which were enormous were mainly out of marble and google search will show you where and what they are. Some in Warrington, some in Glasgow, some in Liverpool and many more besides. Some up for auction too if you have enough money :wink:


Anyway I've probably bored you enough now so maybe a good job I lost my first long post .. but it was a 'Dizzy has an obsession and needs to know' day.... and now she knows 8)

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