John Henry Foley (1818-1874) was born in Dublin. He enrolled as a student in 1835 at the Royal Academy in London, of which he became a full member in 1858.
Among his best-known commissions were statues of Daniel O’Connell in Dublin, and Prince Albert in the Albert Memorial, Hyde Park, London.
The Institution of Electrical Engineers commissioned two bronze copies of the marble original (1876) at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Albemarle Street, London. One copy was unveiled in an inner courtyard at the I.E.E. in Stevenage on 1st November 1989.