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Samson slaying the Philistine

attributed to John Nost I (Mechelen c.1655 – London 1710)

Category

Art / Sculpture

Date

circa 1700

Materials

Lead

Measurements

2286 mm (Height)

Place of origin

London

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Collection

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

South Garden, Gardens, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

NT 207395

Summary

Lead, Samson slaying the Philistine, attributed to John Nost I (Mechelen c.1655 – London 1710) after Giambologna, c.1700. Samson slaying the Philistine who taunted him with the jaw-bone of an ass.

Full description

A lead copy of a marble statue by Giambologna (1529-1608). The original, carved in 1560-62 for Francesco I de'Medici (1541-87), was the first of Giambologna's great monumental sculptural groups; it is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (A.7-1954). John Nost I from Mechelen is first recorded in England in 1686, working with the stone carver John Vandestaine at Windsor Castle. Although he worked in marble and stone Nost gained a particular reputation for lead statuary, often copies from the antique, commissioned by royalty and the aristocracy as garden ornamentation. Alice Rylance-Watson January 2019

Provenance

Bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 - 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3,000 acres.

Credit line

Wimpole Hall, The Bambridge Collection (The National Trust)

Makers and roles

attributed to John Nost I (Mechelen c.1655 – London 1710), sculptor after Giambologna (Douai 1529 - Florence 1608), sculptor

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