John Nost

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Preparatory drawing by Jan van Nost for a statue of William III & II, now in the Victoria & Albert Museum

John Nost[1] (died 1729) was a Flemish-born sculptor, operational in Britain in the early 18th century


He was originally from Mechelen in Belgium.

He came to England in the second half of the 17th century and was employed by the sculptor Arnold Quellin as a foreman. When Quellin died, in 1686, Nost married his widow. He then set up business in the Haymarket area of London.

He was prolific and received many commissions, including work at Melbourne Hall, Castle Howard, Buckingham House and Chatsworth. Many of his statues were in cast lead.

Van Nost died at his house at Hyde Park, London on 26 April 1729.

Trained by Van Nost[edit]

Van Nost trained Andrew Carpenter, and his own nephew, John van Nost the younger.

His nephew carried on the business following his uncles death.

Notable Works[edit]


Detail of a figure on the Vase of the Seasons in the gardens of Melbourne Hall
Monument to James and Mary Douglas in Durisdeer



  1. ^ Jan van Nost, John van Nost, John van Ost, John Nost the elder.
  2. ^ Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851, Rupert Gunnis