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This site celebrates the life and work of sculptor John
Cassidy (1860 - 1939).
This is our master list of all Cassidy works (whether or not
still in existence) known to us: there are certainly many
more to be discovered. For works with their own articles on
this site, links are given.
Numbers in bold red show works which may be visited by the public.
Numbers in faint red show works known to exist in 2020, but not on public display.
The reference numbers used are based on the year the work is dated, was unveiled, first exhibited, or otherwise recorded in print.
Additions, and any further information, are always welcome.
Rosa Leo Grindon (1923.01)
The British Nun Club Heroes' Trophy (1924.02)
Reference list of all known John Cassidy worksUpdated September 2020
Dates are estimated when possible in order to establish a reference number. They may be dates of unveiling, first known exhibition, or purely an approximation. Many of the works in the Catalogue of a Small Collection printed in June 1914 are not recorded elsewhere, and are listed provisionally under 1914. The codes beginning CSC refer to the entries in that catalogue. Links in the entries are to our features about the individual works, or to descriptions on the owners' websites. Catalogue and/or gallery accession numbers are given where known, as well as current location.
The list has been updated to include works listed by the Glasgow University 'Mapping of Sculpture' project, marked [MoS]. If the reference number is in bold red type, e.g. 1880.01, the work is believed to be on public view as of November 2015. Works inside buildings are subject to opening hours. Light red type, e.g. 1892.01, indicates a work known to exist in 2013 or on the later date mentioned in the entry.
Update, 2020: The scope of the ArtUK website project to photograph all paintings in public galleries has been extended to cover sculptures, often with several views of the work. Links to their entries are in progress of creation using the symbol .
1880.01: A Street Scene, Drogheda, 1880. Oil painting. Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda.
1880.02: Wooden House, Shop Street, Drogheda, 1830. Painting. High Lanes Gallery, Drogheda.
1881.01: Self-portrait. Oil painting. [circa 1881.] Private collection.
1886.01: Commerce. Relief panel. Shown at South Kensington Museum exhibition, 1886. Exhibited at the Manchester Academy 1910, lent by G.H. Walker (no. 286). CSC/94.
1887.01: Decorative modelling at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancashire (details unknown)
1887.02: Thomas Read Wilkinson, Esq . Marble Bust. Shown in the Royal Avenue, Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Old Trafford. Also exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1900 [MoS]
1887.03: Dr. Keats. Bust. Shown in the Royal Avenue, Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Old Trafford.
Also, a large number (approx. 185) of modelled heads in clay of visitors during the Royal Jubilee Exhibition, and other works. Subjects unknown.
1888.01: Cardinal Vaughan. Bust. CSC/14. Private collection, Ireland.
Herbert Alfred Vaughan (1832 - 1903) was Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford from 1872 - 1892, then Archbishop of Westminster until his death. During his tenure at Salford he established St Bede's College in 1875.
1888.02: A Songwriter of the Last Century (details unknown. exhibited Manchester Academy, 1888)
1888.03: The late Charles Mosley, Esq. (details unknown. Exhibited Manchester Academy, 1888)
1888.04: Enid, Daughter of Byron Cooper, Esq. Bronzed plaster bust. Exhibited Manchester Academy, 1888. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1900 [MoS]
George Gordon Byron Cooper (1849-1933) was a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts from 1891 and in London and in Paris he studied with Jules Breton and Carolus Duran. He became known as the 'moonlight painter' father of the Manchester School of Painters. His daughter Enid was trained by him and painted landscapes in Cornwall. It seems she was born in 1884, so would have been a small child at the time of the work. She died in 1959.
1888.05: Herr Cohen (details unknown. Exhibited Manchester Academy, 1888)
1888.06: An old veteran (details unknown. Exhibited Manchester Academy, 1888)
1889.01: Richard Peacock memorial plaque Relief panel - Broadfield Church, Gorton, Manchester, exterior. Design exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, First Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, 1891 [MoS]
1890.01: John Howard, the Prison Reformer. Bronze Plaque. On sale at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighth Autumn Exhibition, 1890
£10 10s [MoS]
1890.02: Fred Harsley, Esq. M.A. Plaster bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighth Autumn Exhibition, 1890 [MoS]
Langton Fellow of The Owens College, Victoria University, Manchester 1886, Lecturer in English Language, University of Berlin, 1890.
1890.03: Alderman Bailey. Plaster bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighth Autumn Exhibition, 1890 [MoS]
Mayor of Salford, 1890s
1890.04: W. H. Murphy, Esq. Plaster bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighth Autumn Exhibition, 1890 [MoS]
1890:05: W. H. Hesketh, Esq. Plaster bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eighth Autumn Exhibition, 1890 [MoS]
18921892.01: The Ship Canal Digger. Bronze Statuette. - Manchester Art Gallery (on display in the CIS Manchester room until the exhibition there was dismantled in 2011.) 1893.21. On sale at Manchester Art Gallery, Eleventh Autumn Exhibition, 1893 for £75 10s. The only Cassidy work ever purchased by the Gallery from the artist. [MoS]
1893.01: John Thomasson Relief medallion, Mere Hall gateway, Bolton, Greater Manchester. (Also plaques of Bolton coat of arms)
1893.02: Charles A. Kesselmeyer Esq. bust? Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eleventh Autumn Exhibition, 1893 [MoS]
1893.03: Dr Joseph Parry. Model for a marble bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Eleventh Autumn Exhibition, 1893 [MoS]
1894.01: Daniel Melia, Esq. Marble bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Twelfth Autumn Exhibition, 1894 [MoS]
1894.02: Throwing In. Model for bronze. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Twelfth Autumn Exhibition, 1894 [MoS] Also version in, bronze: CSC/3.
statue. Bristol, Colston Avenue. Study for the
head exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Thirteenth
Autumn Exhibition, 1895 [MoS]
Sketch model exhibited at Royal Hibernian Academy Annual
1895.01: The Late Herbert Birley, Chairman of the Manchester School Board. Suggestion for Memorial Tablet. Quarter-size model. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Second Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, 1895 [MoS]
1896.01: John and Sebastian Cabot. Maquette. Shown at New Gallery, London, 1896, Manchester Academy, 1898 (no. 301), Royal Hibernian Academy, 1899, described as a 'model for colossal sculpture' £36 15s., Manchester Academy Jubilee Exhibition, 1909 (lent by G.H. Walker) and the Manchester Academy 1910 (no.283).
1896.02: E. Griffiths Hughes. bust. Exhibited Manchester Academy, 1896 (no.253)
1896.03: Richard Cobden Phillips. Bust. Exhibited Manchester Academy, 1896 (no. 254)
Richard Cobden Phillips was an explorer and trader on the Congo River in Africa, known for his Anthropological writings.
1896.04: The Chief Librarian of Manchester (Charles W. Sutton, Esq.) Bronzed Plaster bust. Exhibited at Manchester Art Gallery, Fourteenth Autumn Exhibition, 1896 [MoS] Was displayed in Manchester Central Library main reading room, but damaged (possibly beyond repair) c. 2008. PMSA