NOST, JOHN (VAN)  *#
- Born: - Died: 1710
Sculptor, of Mechelen in Flanders, who had settled in England by 1679 and died in London in 1710. 'Van Nost the Elder' has been credited with the authorship of the bronze statue of George I, which was commissioned by Dublin City Council in 1717 and erected on Essex Bridge in 1722, but the statue must in fact have been executed in his workshop, which remained in family hands, probably under the proprietorship of a cousin, also named John Nost, who died in 1729. JOHN NOST  may have been the son of John Nost  - in which case he must have been born around the time of his father's death - or one of the two sons of the John Nost who died in 1729.
All information in this entry is from S. O'Connell, 'The Nosts: a revision of the family history', Burlington Magazine 129, December 1987, 802, and Paul Spencer Longhurst & Andrew Naylor, 'Nost's equestrian George I restored', Sculpture Journal II (1998), 33, which further amends O'Connell's account.
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|Building:||CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ESSEX BRIDGE, STATUE OF GEORGE I|
|Nature:||Commissioned in 1717 and erected 1722. Attr. to 'John Nost the Elder'. As he died in 1710; the statue must khave been executed in his workshop which was inherited by his cousin John Nost (d.1729). (Purchased by Thomas Bodkin for Barber Institute, Birmingham, 1937.)|
Anne Kelly, 'Van Nost's equestrian statue of George I', Irish Arts Review Yearbook11 (1995)., 103-107; Paul Spencer Longhurst & Andrew Naylor, 'Nost's equestrian George I restored', Sculpture Journal II (1998), 31-40; Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture: Native Genius Reaffirmed (Yale University Press: New Haven & London, 2010), 236.