John Nost

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 sculptor who worked in England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.


Originally from Mechelen in Belgium, he moved across the North Sea to work in England in the second half of the 17th century, gaining employed with the sculptor Arnold Quellin as a foreman. After Quellin's death in 1686 Nost married his widow, and established his own sculptural works business in the Haymarket district of London.

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

Van Nost died at his home at Hyde Park in London on 26 April 1729.

Sculptors apprenticed to Van Nost

Van Nost trained Andrew Carpenter, and his own nephew John van Nost the younger, his nephew carried on the family business following his uncle's death.

Notable works


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


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