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JOHN NOST II (D. 1729)

Bust of an enslaved man


RCIN 1396

Black servants were frequently found in noble and royal households from the late seventeenth century and this figure has traditionally been identified as a favourite personal servant of William III . The Moor’s feathered turban and jewelled band indicate high, perhaps royal status, but the collar unmistakably marks him as a slave. John Nost is best known for carved marble funerary monuments and decorative chimney pieces using exotic marbles.

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