William Day Keyworth (1817-1897)

William Day Keyworth, strictly ‘the Elder’ as he had a sculptor son (b. 1843), was himself the son of a marble mason from the town of Hull. The family moved to London when William was a child, and he was sent to work in the studio of Chantrey, later studying under Henry Weekes, before the family returned to Hull, where he set up on his own account. He produced several works which remained in Hull, including church monuments and busts (after his death some of his unsold works were left to that city, unfortunately being destroyed when Hull Central Museum was bombed in World War II). Keyworth exhibited at the Royal Academy in the late 1830s and early 1840s. Later he worked as an architect, and made casts of medieval architecture for the 1851 Exhibition.

Keyworth’s works are not particularly prolific, and I have not seen what survives by him in Hull. However, in Leeds may be found his stone lions in front of Leeds Town Hall (noted here), and the reclining effigy of Dr Hook in the Parish Church. In London, he has a bust of Rowland Hill, in Westminster Abbey.

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