James Astbury Hammersley 1858-62

Portrait of James Astbury Hammersley

MAFA President 1858-1862

James Hammersley was a modeller, teacher and painter.

For a brief time he worked for Wedgwood modelling designs, including two portrait medallions of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in Jasper. He taught at the Government School of Design in Nottingham in the late 1840s and exhibited twice at the Royal Academy in 1846 and 1848.

Hammersley was elected as an associate member of the Royal Manchester Institution in 1850 in thanks for the gift of a painting to the society. He became head of Manchester School of Design and then President of the Manchester School of Fine Arts between 1857 and 1861.

See some of his artwork.

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