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John Henry Foley


FOLEY, JOHN HENRY (1818-1874), Irish sculptor, was born at Dublin on May 24, 1818. He studied at the schools of the Royal Dublin Society and the Royal Academy, London. He began to exhibit at the Academy in 1840, and in 1844 was com missioned to do the statues of John Hampden and Selden for the Houses of Parliament. He became A.R.A. in 1849, and R.A.

in 1858. He executed many commissions in London and Dublin, and for India. He was responsible for the symbolical group "Asia," as well as the statue of the prince himself, for the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park; and "Stonewall Jackson," in Richmond, Va. The statue of Sir James Outram at Calcutta is probably his masterpiece. He died at Hampstead on Aug. 27, See W. Cosmo Monkhouse, The Works of J. H. Foley FOLEY, SIR THOMAS 5 ), British admiral, entered the navy in 177o, and served under Admiral (afterwards Viscount) Keppel and Sir Charles Hardy in the Channel, and with Rodney's squadron was present at the defeat of De Langara off Cape St. Vincent in 178o, and at the relief of Gibraltar. Still under Rodney's command, he went out to the West Indies, and took his part in the operations which culminated in the victory of April 12, 1782. In the Revolutionary War he was engaged from the first. As flag-captain to Admiral John Gell, and after wards to Sir Hyde Parker, Foley took part in the siege of Toulon in 1793, the action of Golfe Jouan in 1794, and the two fights off Toulon on April 13 and July At St. Vincent he was flag-captain to the second in command, and in the following year was sent out in command of the "Goliath" (74), to reinforce Nelson's fleet in the Mediterranean. In the battle of the Nile the "Goliath" led the squadron round the French van, and this manoeuvre contributed not a little to the result of the day. Whether this was done by Foley's own initiative, or intended by Nelson, has been a matter of controversy (see Journal of the Royal United Service Institution, 1885, p. 916). His next im portant service was with Nelson in the Baltic. The "Elephant" carried Nelson's flag at the battle of Copenhagen, and her captain acted as his chief-of-staff. From 18o8 to 1815 he commanded in the Downs. Sir Thomas Foley, who rose to be full admiral and G.C.B., died while commanding in chief at Portsmouth in See J. B. Herbert, Life and Services of Sir Thomas Foley (Cardiff, 1884).

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