Hull – Ferens Art Gallery (The Batsman by William Day Keyworth)

This cricketing sculpture was designed by William Day Keyworth the Younger, an artist who lived from 1843 until 1902, when he rather sadly committed suicide due to financial issues. Keyworth was born in Hull and he also worked in the city, becoming a well known sculptor in the late nineteenth century.

The gallery notes on the information panel that they were pleased to be able to get this artwork in 1993, as there was some competition with a number of sports fans who also fancied having it. It’s also called the Young Cricketer and it was made as a pair (there’s not reference to where the other one is, so perhaps no-one knows….) for the Peckover family of Wisbech, the bankers who owned what is now the National Trust property of Peckover House.