Sculptor, born in Holborn in the City of London. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a mason, but left only a year before his training was completed after falling out with his master over a domestic matter. He travelled aboard, working in Italy, Spain and France. Upon his return to England, he settled back in Holborn and was soon busy in his profession. He sculpted the royal figures that adorned Temple Bar, the face-mask of George Moncke for his Westminster Abbey funeral, and the bust of Elizabeth Pepys at St Olave's Church. Figures of the Stuart kings which he sculpted for the Royal Exchange were rejected because they were unfashionably clad in classical dress, and a few of them are kept today at the Old Bailey. In Westminster Abbey can be seen his monuments to Abraham Cowley and Sir Palmes Fairborne. His masterpiece is considered to be the monument to John, Viscount Mordaunt in All Saints, Fulham. He married Mary and had several children. In 1685 he bought property in Tyburne Lane, near Hyde Park Corner. A serious of unlucky financial investments (including the construction of a Trojan Horse which he intended to use as an inn, before it was destroyed in a storm), and the onset of dementia, impoverished him and he died in 1701, his wife surviving him by three years, and his sons continuing to reside at Tyburne Lane for many years after.
St Mary Paddington Green Churchyard
City of Westminster
Greater London, England
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Feb 24, 2007
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