Joseph Bentley Leyland (1811-1851)

The sculptor J. B. Leyland of Halifax finds a place on these pages for his rather good effigy of Dr Beckwith in York Minster, and his portrait head of the same subject in the York art gallery. His work is indeed uncommon, and I am not aware of other public statues by him.

Leyland was born in Halifax, son of a naturalist, and showed an early interest in sculpture. His early work included a greyhound and a statue of Spartacus, exhibited at Manchester, and in 1843 he sent to London a head of Satan. He went to studied for a time under Hayden. Apart from the Dr Beckwith, he seems to have produced some few ideal works, and statues of dogs, before dying prematurely, back in Halifax, aged just 39.

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