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John Nost II (d. 1729)

Bust of a Moor c.1700

RCIN 1396

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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.