Glasgow - City of Sculpture
By Gary Nisbet
William Kellock Brown

Born Glasgow, the son of a metal worker and brother of painter Alexander Kellock Brown.

He trained under his father and attended sculpture classes at GSA . After winning a scholarship he moved to London to study at RCA and RA Schools under Edouard Lanteri (1848-1917).

Whilst in London he fashioned the balconies on the Savoy Hotel (1888-9).

Returning to Glasgow, he taught modelling, metalwork and repoussé at GSA , 1888-98, to students Albert Hodge , J P Main and J H Mackinnon .

His improvements in the life classes were noted by John Mossman , H H Armstead and W H Thornycroft .

A member of Mackmurdo's Century Guild (briefly its chief metalworker), the Art Workers' Guild , the Scottish Guild of Handicrafts and the Scottish Society of Art-Workers, he practiced as an independent sculptor from c.1892.

He executed architectural sculpture and monuments in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, the former including the sculpture on J J Burnet 's New Athenaeum, 179 Buchanan Street (1891-3); The People's Palace, Glasgow Green (1893-8); Sanitary Chambers, Montrose Street (1895); Castle Chambers, 59-69 Renfield Street (1900); and the figurative stone and bronze sculpture on at least six of Glasgow's district libraries built between 1902-6:

Woodside District Library, 343-47 St George's Road (1902-5); Govanhill, 170 Langside Road (1902-6); Bridgeton, 23 Landressy Street (1903-6); Dennistoun, 2a Craigpark (1903-6); Hutchesontown, McNeil Street (1904-6); and Parkhead, 64 Tollcross Road (1904-6).

His many monuments and memorials include, the John Watson Memorial Fountain, Hamilton (1893); the Monument to George S Burns, Glasgow Cathedral (1896); the John Robertson Cenotaph, Southern Necropolis (1912); the Titanic Disaster Memorial in the former Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders, Elmbank Crescent (c. 1912); the John Stewart Memorial, City of Glasgow Friendly Society, 198-200 Bath Street (1920-1); the Thomas Miller Monument, Necropolis (1922); and the David Livingstone Statue, Blantyre (1913).

He also executed a number of figurative War Memorials after World War I: Penpont (1920); Inverary (1922); Largs (1922); and Johnstone (1924).

He exhibited regularly at RA , RSA , and RGIFA from 1887, showing genre works, busts and Burns subjects, including an unsuccesful model for the Paisley Burns statue competition of 1893.

He died of heart failure in Cambridge Street, leaving a colossal statue of Burns unfinished.

He is represented in GMAG by The Thresher, a bronze statue of Burns.


Works in our Database:
#39 1: Buchanan Street (City Centre),
Former Athenaeum Theatre, 179 Buchanan Street
Pallas Athena, Muses, Wind Gods and Putti (1891-3)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: JJ Burnet; Builders: Anderson & Henderson
#74 2: Craigpark (Dennistoun),
Dennistoun Public Library, 2a Craigpark
Figurative Programme (1905)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: JR Rhind
3: Douglas Street (City Centre),
Former City of Glasgow Friendly Society Building, 121 Douglas Street
Monument to John Stewart (1920-1)
Sculptor: WK Brown; Architects: John Keppie & Henderson
4: Elmbank Crescent (Charing Cross),
Former Institute of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland,
now Scottish Opera Rehearsal Rooms, 39 Elmbank Crescent
Titanic Disaster Memorial (c.1912)
Sculptors: WK Brown; Architects: JB Wilson & Son
5: Glasgow Green (Calton),
The People's Palace Museum
Nine Allegorical Figures (1894-8)
Sculptors: WK Brown (figures); JH Mackinnon (decorative work);
Architect: AB McDonald; Masons: Morrison & Muir
#204 6: Kelvingrove Park (West End),
Kelvingrove Park,
At the western end of Prince of Wales Bridge
Monument to Thomas Carlyle (1916)
Sculptor: WK Brown
#212 7: Landressy Street (Bridgeton),
Bridgeton District Library, 23 Landressy Street
Figurative Programme (1906)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: JR Rhind
#214 8: Langside Road (Govanhill),
Govanhill and Crosshill Public Library, 170 Langside Road
Figurative Programme (1906)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: JR Rhind; Builder: John Emery & Sons
9: Maryhill Road (Maryhill),
Maryhill Public Library, 1508 Maryhill Road
Figurative Programme (1905)
Sculptor: WK Brown; Architect: JR Rhind; Builder: W & J Taylor
#219 10: McNeil Street (Gorbals),
Former Laurieston District Library, 192 McNeil Street
Figurative Programme (1904-6)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: JR Rhind
11: Montrose Street (Merchant City),
Former Sanitary Chambers, now Department of Environmental Health, 23-5 Montrose Street
Hygieia (c.1894-7)
Sculptor: WK Brown; Architect: AB McDonald; Builder: Alexander Thomson & Son
#246 12: Renfield Street (City Centre),
Castle Chambers, 59-69 Renfield Street
Four Allegorical Female Figures, Athena and Related Decorative Carving (1898-1902)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: Frank Burnet & Boston; Builders: Morrison & Mason Ltd
#284 13: St George's Road (Woodlands),
Woodside Public Library, 343-7 St George's Road
Figurative Programme (1905)
Sculptor: WK Brown;
Architect: JR Rhind; Builder: John Porter & Sons
14: Tollcross Road (Tollcross),
Parkhead Public Library, 64-80 Tollcross Road
Figurative Programme (1906)
Sculptor: WK Brown; Architect: JR Rhind
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