Charles Keck

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Statue of James B. Duke at Duke University, erected in 1935
Fauns at Play 1934, Brookgreen Gardens
Statue of Andrew Jackson in front of Jackson County Courthouse (Kansas City, Missouri), 1934

Charles Keck (September 9, 1875 – April 23, 1951) was an American sculptor from New York City, New York.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Keck studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York with Philip Martiny, and was an assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens from 1893 to 1898. He also attended the American Academy in Rome. In 1921 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1928. He is best known for his monuments and architectural sculpture. His work was also part of the sculpture event in the art competition at the 1932 Summer Olympics.[2] His interment was located at Fishkill Rural cemetery.


Architectural sculpture[edit]

Monuments and memorials[edit]

In 1913 Keck designed a memorial plaque that was cast from metal that had been salvaged from the USS Maine after it was raised in Havana harbor the previous year. Over a thousand of the plaques were cast and they are spread unevenly all over the United States. In 1931, Keck completed the Great Seals of the Commonwealth of Virginia which had been commissioned by the Commonwealth. The obverse of the seal is still used and appears on the state flag.

Numismatic works[edit]

Other works[edit]


  1. ^ Century Archives. "Charles Keck: Sculptor (1871–1951)" (PDF). Century Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 7, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Charles Keck". Olympedia. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  3. ^ "The Murphy Doors Present Six Important Contributors to Medical Science". Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  4. ^ Larry E. Gobrecht (March 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Bronx County Courthouse". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  5. ^ "61st District War Memorial". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Monument Terrace".


  • Kvaran & Lockley, Guide to the Architectural Sculpture in America, unpublished manuscript

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