the church of St. George, Hanover-square, the body of the church at Twickenham, and that of St. Luke, Middlesex, which has a fluted obelisk for its steeple. He translated from the French some books on gardening. 1
or Charpentiere, a statuary much employed by the Duke of Chandos at Canons, was for some years principal assistant to Van Ost, an artist of whom I have found no memorials, 2 and afterwards set up for himself. Towards the end of his life he kept a manufacture of leaden statues in Piccadilly, and died in 1737, aged above sixty. 3
the celebrated engraver of seals, was son of Christian Reisen, of Drontheim in Norway, 4 who had followed the same profession, and who with one Stykes were the first artists of____________________
A story is told of a Dorsetshire gentleman, whose father had brought two antique marble statues from Italy. Upon his marriage with a city dame, who was determined upon modernising his old family seat, she ordered that these unfortunate statues should be painted, in order that they should look like lead. But Van Ost (or Nost) was an artist capable of much better things; and was probably induced by profit to undertake such mean subjects; or to superintend the manufactory. The equestrian statue of George I. was cast in mixed metal, and afterwards gilt by him and his scholar Charpentiere for the Duke of Chandos, at Canons. The horse was exactly modelled from that by Le Soeur, at Charing-cross, and the man is much better. When Canons was taken down, and its sumptuous ornaments dispersed, this statue was brought to its present station in Leicester-square. A few years since, it was regilt. Indeed, our bronze statues in squares appear, at the farther extremity of the avenues, to be so grim with smoke and dirt, as to present only a shapeless lump.—D.