Hayward, Richard (1728-1800)

Hayward was born in Warwickshire. In 1753 he spent a year in Rome and was a friend of Thomas Jenkins who supplied Charles Townley with part of his sculpture collection. It may have been through Jenkins that Charles Townley employed Hayward. Hayward made chimney pieces for Woburn Abbey (1771), Kedleston (1760), Ingres Abbey in Kent (1771) and a large number for Somerset House in London beginning in 1778.

There is an entry in Charles Townley's personal account book which reads -

To Richd. Hayward sculptor remainder
in full for dining room chimney pd
dft. on Wrights 25 July £50-18s."

This is probably for the marble neo-classical fireplace which is now in the red drawing room. It is certainly very similar to a fireplace in the State boudoir at Kedleston. This similarity includes the use of the rather unusual inlaid marble columns.

Biog. Dict. Sculptors entry for Hayward

Best remembered by art historians as a chronicler of British visitors to Rome and as a collector of sculptors’ sales catalogues, Hayward was also a successful sculptor with a diverse practice. He was christened at Bulkington,Warks, on 13 May 1725, the son of Richard and Mary Hayward from nearby Weston-in-Arden. He seems to have been apprenticed first to Christopher Horsnaile I, a relation by marriage, at whose house in St Andrew, Holborn, he was living c1740 (Masons’ Co Assistants, f4, 7). In June 1742 however he was apprenticed to Sir Henry Cheere for a full seven year term at the customary rate of £105.

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Author: tk - August 2016