Bronze bust of William Stuart

1855 in Liverpool
railway company:
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway

Bronze bust of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Deputy Chairman William Stuart, by Edward Davis, 1855. The bust was mounted on Great Howard Street bridge in Liverpool.

This bronze bust of William Stuart by Edward Davis (1813 - 1878) was mounted on the south side of the Great Howard Street bridge on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in Liverpool.

William Stuart was a well-known merchant in Liverpool and also served as the L&YR’s deputy-chairman from 1849 to 1859. The bust was originally situated within a large wreath plaque, with the date 1855 at the top. Stuart’s name was picked out in bold type beneath his bust, along with a crest featuring two lions and the motto “SPERO MELIORA” meaning “I hope for better things”.

Stuart was half way through his deputy-chairmanship when the bust was erected.

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Fixtures & Fittings from Railway Buildings
Object Number:
portrait bust
  • visual and verbal communication
  • figure - representation
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