I thought I should know more about John Van Nost (or Ost) so looked him up in my elderly card index. There were two of them. John Van Nost the elder who came to London from Flanders, was foreman to Arnold Quellin, married his widow and took over the family firm. Following his death in 1710, his cousin, John Van Nost the younger, took over. They both specialised in supplying lead statues to country house gardens. Nost the younger supplied an equestrian statue of George I to Cannons, as well as to Grosvenor Square; a golden statue of the Duke of Chandos, the owner of Cannons; lead statues of History with a table & pen and Fame sounding a trumpet, which were arranged along the parapet; and lead statues in the pleasure grounds, including the statue of George II, which cannot date from before 1727, the date of the King’s accession. Nost the younger was described by George Vertue as having driven ‘on the business but never studied – nor did himself anything tolerable’. This may explain why his statue of George II is so bad.